Since its December, I thought a display of Christmas produced by Kirke Bryan, printer and president of the Historical Society of Montgomery County from 1943 to 1950. We have a large collection of his Christmas cards and booklets donated by Margaret Thompson.
Bryan produced cards for Sessler’s Bookshop, a Philadelphia institution which closed in 1986. This one features Charles Dickens and scenes from A Christmas Carol.
Kirke Bryan’s own Christmas cards were complicated affairs, often recreating some of the earliest works printed in Pennsylvania. He also wrote stories about local history or essays on the Christmas Season. Some booklets have nothing to do with Christmas at all.
This image of Horticultural Hall from the 1876 Centennial Exposition was Bryan’s 1975 Christmas card in anticipation of the 1976 Bicentennial.
This booklet is a reprint of “A Visit from Saint Nicholas” by Clement C. Moore, from 1847.
A small selection of Kirke Bryan’s Christmas cards is currently on display in our Headquarters.