Gustave Baumann was a husband, father, maker of exquisite marionettes, printer, painter and a character. What a surprise when his daughter Anna’s Foundation donated a Christmas Card collection of 400 artists cards, the New Mexico History Museum was delighted. These were cards created by Baumann and his fellow artists. The exhibit will remain at the history museum through March 29, 2015. Here are just a few things you will see.
Apparently a lack of rain isn’t a recent trial and tribulation for us that live in the Southwest, 1954 must have been a mighty dry year in Northern New Mexico.
Each time I see this card I start singing Feliz Navivdad! Love the play on words. Are you singing that song now too?
Until I saw this exhibit, I had never heard of Hooverized Cards. Because times were hard, many artists used brown paper bags as their canvas. For artist is was a humorous way to vent their frustrations, but sadly an economic necessity. The name came from Herbert Hoover who was serving as the director of the U.S. Food Administration. Small cards were printed urging Americans to be frugal with food and materials in support of the war effort. We don’t know if Jack and Virginia were destitute or playing off a theme of the times.
This burro doesn’t seem to want to walk into the new year. Who can blame him, it’s time to start working on our taxes. SCREAM!!!
Here’s a little Christmas humor. The Baumann family got their cards out a little late this year!
Even without an address, the postman knew where the Baumann’s lived. A simpler time for sure. Can you imagine this happening today?
If journey to Santa Fe the next couple of months, enjoy a visit to the New Mexico History Museum. There’s a lot to see and learn. When you go, please come back and share your experience or thoughts with me. Wishing you the best in 2015!