last week i hopped on the subway to have dinner with my friend llubav in williamsburg. walking up bedford avenue, i decided to indulge in a little window shopping at catbird and found myself walking out with these beautiful cards. i didn’t know anything about the artist, but knew that i had to have them. so when i finished dinner i rushed home to find more information on the cards.
from the late 1950’s through the end of the 1960’s, textile designer walter erhard produced a line of christmas cards under the name imp press. in 2002 vigo cards bought the assets of imp press (along with the rights to erhard’s card lines) and started producing box sets of erhard’s beautiful work. i love the rich washes of color in erhard’s images and the way the spirit and style of the 50’s shines through in each piece. my grandmother’s apartment used to be full of work that looked like this so these pieces tug on my heart strings in a really sweet, sentimental way.
you can pick up a box of 10 cards for around $15 (try vigo for a store near you, or call catbird or terrain to place an order), or, if you’re like me, you can save a few to frame. these cards will definitely be hard to part with for me…
CLICK HERE to see 17 more beautiful walter erhard card designs after the jump!