Throwback Thursday: Archival Christmas Cards

Read about Annie Lavety’s experience of using some of our printed ephemera to produce Christmas Cards!

The Glasgow School of Art presents a Christmas Ball: Elizabethan. Taken from our Conrad McKenna Collection (DC 073/1/43)

Why did you use GSA Archives & Collections?

I was looking for images to use in a new range of GSA Archive focused products being developed for the GSA Shop.

Had you used archives or museum collections previously in your work?

I had not, no.

What was your experience of visiting the Archives & Collections Centre?

My experience was great! Both Susannah and Peter were very helpful. We had an initial meeting to establish exactly what I needed from the Archive after which they pulled together some great examples of Glasgow School of Art ephemera for me. Susannah was really helpful when it came to scanning and collating all of the images I had found and I left with plenty of source material for the product development of the new range.

What did you find out from our holdings?

I was looking primarily for strong graphic images to reproduce on products and I found that many of the poster, tickets, invites and programmes from various activities and societies within the School. This gave me a real sense of the life of the wider School throughout the years, seeing posters and tickets to Christmas Mask Balls in the 50’s, end of term exhibitions in the 60’s & 70’s and the annual fashion show’s in the 80’s.

Has your visit led you to using other Archive / Museum sources?

Not as yet, but hopefully in the future.

The GSA Shop is now closed, however a wide range of Christmas Cards and other beautifully hand-printed ephemera can be viewed in our Reading Room at GSA Archives and Collections. Make an appointment by emailing 

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