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97/132/2 Book, Christmas Greetings, 'To Kathleen and Maggie / Greetings from Uncle Will 1896', made by William Harrison, cardboard / ink / silk, Britain/Australia, 1896. Click to enlarge.

Christmas Greetings book

Designed
Book, Christmas Greetings, William Harrison, paper/silk, Britain/Australia, 1896.

Book made from five heavy cards tied together with thin, royal blue silk thread. Cover has inscription : To Kathleen and Maggie Xmas Greeting from Uncle Will 1896. The following cards have an illustration and a verse from the poem 'How doth the little busy bee/Improve each shining hour'.
The theme of the illustrations is the bee, beehives and honey. The last two illustrations focus around industry and include an …

Summary

Object No.

97/132/2

Object Statement

Book, Christmas Greetings, 'To Kathleen and Maggie / Greetings from Uncle Will 1896', made by William Harrison, cardboard / ink / silk, Britain/Australia, 1896

Physical Description

Book, Christmas Greetings, William Harrison, paper/silk, Britain/Australia, 1896.

Book made from five heavy cards tied together with thin, royal blue silk thread. Cover has inscription : To Kathleen and Maggie Xmas Greeting from Uncle Will 1896. The following cards have an illustration and a verse from the poem 'How doth the little busy bee/Improve each shining hour'.
The theme of the illustrations is the bee, beehives and honey. The last two illustrations focus around industry and include an anvil, sewing machine, spade and paints.

Marks

Inscription, front cover, hand printed black ink "TO/KATHLEEN AND/MAGGIE/XMAS/GREETINGS/from UNCLE WILL/1896

Dimensions

Height

75 mm

Width

102 mm

Depth

4 mm

Production

Notes

William Harrison (1864-1923) designed and executed the illustrations and text. He was the Art Director and later Advertising Manager at Wunderlich, Sydney.
William Harrison was born in 1864 and arrived in Australia as a young man. He married in 1904. He began work in Collins Street Melbourne with the furniture company Rocke. This company had links with Wunderlich and he was transferred to Sydney some time before 1904. He spent his subsequent working life at Wunderlich, dying at the age of 59 in 1923.

This book was made by William Harrison for his nieces Kathleen and Maggie Harrison.

History

Notes

Given by William Harrison to his nieces Maggie and Kathleen who lived in Bath, England.
The donor is the daughter of William Harrison, Helena Morrison of Camberwell Victoria.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Helena Harrison, 1997

Acquisition Date

11 May 1997

Cite this Object

Harvard

Christmas Greetings book 2022, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 4 February 2023, <https://ma.as/155535>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/155535 |title=Christmas Greetings book |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=4 February 2023 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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