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Gorgeous, ready for digital use, colorful .jpg illustrations that were displayed on the fronts of birthday greeting cards in the 1940's-1960's. This collection is a great resource, not only for lovers of nostalgic artwork, but for the range of use in creating collages of graphics, illustrating documents, blogs, journals and web pages. Some of the vintage cards had insterior illustrations, and several are included. A collection of almost 400 large colorful images is all you need for several graphics uses.

This is a collection in which the artwork and theme is the focus. I guarantee a smile as you use them. An enjoyable nostalgic journey, even if you just browse. I have chosen the best of a decades-long collection of vintage digital birthday greeting card illustrations, and wrapped them up in this package. They're large images, enhanced and clean, and need only to have edges cropped, images re-sized to your taste, or text removed, if desired.

I use several of these vintage images on my own web pages, graphics designs, greetings and documents, in emails, and as my base for snow- or sparkle-animations.

Lithographic printing is the process used to achieve the beautiful greeting cards that I loved back in the day, and still do today. The quality of greeting cards in that era still astonishes me. The printing process, and the paper used, over- shadows the best quality illustrations that we see on the card shelves today. More works of art than a greeting almost thrown asway immediately. No wonder so many people lovingly placed them in a box after receiving them, and kept them for most or all of their lifetimes. The difference is stark. The feel of the papers used, and the quality of the printed illustrations.

Lithography is, as pertains to the mass production of greeting cards and other commercially-produced illustrations.....

"In the lithographic process, ink is applied to a grease-treated image on the flat printing surface; nonimage (blank) areas, which hold moisture, repel the lithographic ink. This inked surface is then printed—either directly on paper, by means of a special press, or onto a rubber cylinder (as in commercial printing). In the offset process—by far the most popular method in use—the inked image is first printed on a rubber cylinder, which then offsets, or transfers, the image to paper or other materials. Because of the flexibility of the rubber cylinder, offset lithography can be used to print on tin, wood, cloth, leather, and rough or smooth paper. In the past, offset printing was used mainly to produce printed matter—calendars, greeting cards, booklets, letterheads, books, magazines, newspapers, maps, posters, billboards, stamps, labels on cans, packaging, and other advertising matter—in large quantities." - Encyclopedia Brittanica

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This collection will download as a .zip file 
Extract the files to save images to a folder on your computer.

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Image Usage ***Limits on the use of these graphics are simple and painless.
They are not to be used or displayed on social media pages, or on image harvesting sites, such as pinterest, instagram, etsy or on any social media page. We would have limited control over image sharing and use. They are not to be offered, indivividually or as a package, offered as a download, or displayed on any digital service or image-grab-related web page. The collection itself is copyrighted, and may not be repackaged for download, or sold. Images used online require a credit to, and a link back to this site. The only other limit is your imagination!