Old holiday card tried to say, 'It's the thought that counts'

Object Lesson

December 11, 2005|By KARA WEDEKIND | KARA WEDEKIND,SUN REPORTER

Even before purchasing the newest "it" toy became a contact sport for parents or images of multi-page credit card bills kept over-exuberant shoppers awake, Americans, it seems, were seeking ways to share goodwill without succumbing entirely to the commercialism of the season.

A simple card featured in an exhibit at the Maryland Historical Society succinctly makes this point. On plain cardstock and with muted colors, it depicts a Christmas tag untethered from its gift. Its message is expressed through this uncomplicated rhyme: "Hard Times: I'm just simply sending this label today, / To show my intentions are good. / I can't send a present, I'm sorry to say. / But you know that I would if I could."

SEASON'S GREETINGS: HOLIDAY CARDS IN MARYLAND, 1865-2005 / / Through Feb. 28 / / Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St.

410-685-3750 or mdhs.org

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