Collection ID: Coll. No. 474

Collection context


Wetmore, Janes, & Sugden
.25 cu. ft.


Scope and Content:

Contains a sales kit for the Wetmore, Hanes, and Sugden Company’s line of Christmas cards mounted on 27 pages of heavy, brown card stock. The colorful cards are printed with winter or religious scenes and Christmas and New Year greetings and include envelopes. Printing techniques include steel die stamped (some with mother of pearl backgrounds), metal seal steel die stamped, off-set, and color toned. One card sample is hand colored. Many envelopes, inside envelopes, and card holders are lined with printed tissue linings and some with linings designed to match the card.

Also includes a 12-page 1930 sales guide, “How to Make Money with Wetmore, Janes & Sugden Colonial Personal Christmas Cards.” This collection provides a beautiful example of the style of cards designed in the 1930s; with price lists.

Biographical / Historical:

Doing business as Wetmore, Janes & Sugden in the 1920s, then as Wetmore & Sugden by 1935, this card engraving business was located in Rochester, NY and operated at least until the 1950s.

Acquisition information:
Gift; FIC; 2016; NM-8.2016.
Processing information:

The processing, cataloging, and encoding of this collection were made possible by a grant from the Gladys Krieble Delmas.



Coll. No. 474 is open for research according to the regulations of Fenimore Art Museum Library.


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5798 State Highway 80
Cooperstown, NY 13326, United States