Sunday, 1 January 2012


This illustration of tree branches making up the words, “Happy New Year” was published in 1876 by Currier and Ives. The black and white lithograph was then hand-coloured by a series of Currier and Ives production artists, each artist colouring one item or items receiving the same colour.

The popularity of Currier and Ives prints depicting Christmas and winter themes was immortalised in a line in the lyrics of the seasonal song, 'Sleigh Ride':
There's a happy feeling
Nothing in the world can buy,
When they pass around the chocolate
And the pumpkin pie
It'll nearly be like a picture print
By Currier and Ives
These wonderful things are the things
We remember all through our lives!
You can read more about Nathaniel Currier and James Merritt Ives here and here.

With Every Good Wish for Love, Joy,
Health and Happiness in


Image from The Stock Solution


scb said...

Happy New Year, Brian! May 2012 be good to you!

Eudora said...

Happy New Year, B@D!!!!,

and a Happy New year for the blog friends!!!!

¡¡¡Feliz Año a todos!!!!

SharonM said...

Happy New Year, B & D & B - hope you are having a lovely time and that 2012 turns out to be a great year for you. xxx

Elena said...

Very interesting post, and lovely print, thanks!
Happy New Year!

nyx said...

Sad to say am new to the blog, but wish you all the best none-the-less!

Suzanne said...

I always did wonder what that line was! Happy New Year to you!

Boll Weavil said...

Happy new year to B&D plus everyone on here. It's been a pleasure to spend the last year in your (virtual) company !

Brian Sibley said...

Thanks for all your greetings - returned with affection! :)

Anonymous said...

sor...and a happy pre-owned, in very good condition, really almost New Year from old Anon too. Let's hope that Mr Emmerich was wrong! (RGP)