What’s Christmas without Christmas cards? The fanciful greetings here are the work of Oscar Fabres (1894–1960), a Chilean illustrator who studied art in Paris and settled in New York in 1940, where he lived and kept a studio at 715 Madison Avenue. The Oscar Fabres Collection (PR 079), bequeathed to the New-York Historical Society by the artist’s agent, features his commercial artwork spanning 1940 to 1970, and includes calendars, note cards, clippings, advertisements, magazines, children’s book illustrations, and these one-of-a-kind Christmas cards.
The cards, created between 1950 and 1963, depict New York winter scenes complete with the Three Wise Men halting traffic, as well as typically urban characters like doormen, police officers, and pampered pets. Some cards capture Santa Claus in comical scenarios–playing the piano, or perched atop construction site scaffolding, or getting a ticket for his illegally-parked sleigh.
We–and Oscar Fabres–wish you all a light and festive holiday season!
This post is by Charina Castillo, Rights & Reproductions Assistant.