Christmas Cards from the DUMC Archives

Happy Holidays from the Medical Center Archives staff! While gifts exchanged vary year to year, cards have stayed a consistent part of the holiday ritual. In this post we extend our seasons’ greetings through the cards of Christmas past – three, to be exact.

Norman Ross Christmas Card, 1943

The first card (pictured right) was sent by Dr. Norman Ross of the 65th General Hospital Unit to his wife in 1943 while he was stationed overseas in England. In a departure from the traditional red and green color scheme, this card features a patriotic red, white and blue illustration. (The 65th General Hospital Unit was organized by Duke to serve in the allied war effort during World War II.)

Clark Christmas Card, 1962

Pictured on the left is a 1962 holiday card by medical artist Elon Clark. Clark drew cards each year depicting his family. Lastly, pictured below, is a 1992 card from the Division of Audiovisual Education drawn by Duke medical artist Stan Coffman. This card depicts the entrance to the Davison building.

Christmas card by Stan Coffman, 1992

Browse the 65th General Hospital finding aid for more information about this collection and come see our current exhibit on medical illustration in the Medical Center Library for more artwork by Elon Clark and Stan Coffman.

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