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St. Patrick's Day Greeting Cards: a Century of Newspaper Advertising ~

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ERNEST DUDLEY CHASE
reflections on the custom of sending 
Saint Patrick's Day greeting cards ~ 

"Comic and semi-comic post cards were published for those who desired to 
greet one another on 
Saint Patrick's Day long before 
the advent of the greeting card and even after cards for
 other occasions were in constant use.  
It was not until 1912 or 1913 
that the first greeting cards
(in their present form) 
were issued covering Saint Patrick's Day,
 and while many of them were 
comic or 'slap stick' 
the more serious type of 
sentiment came into use"



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1940s Inky ~ Irresistible Norcross Kitten

  I found this adorable matchbook 
promotional for "INKY" 
 greeting cards made by 
NORCROSS INC. New York
1940s Inky matchbook cover
"INKY" 
was trademarked by Norcross 1947
for "Goods & Services: Greeting Cards, 
Printed Greeting Folders, Calendars,
 Printed decorative Tags, and printed seals"
source: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 
 *******
Daily Boston Globe - Jun 23, 1948
"... like KITTENS INKY is the new irresistible
 black kitten on NORCROSS cards 
 America's Best-loved Greeting Cards
NORCROSS INC."

This IRRESISTIBLE NORCROSS KITTEN is YOURS

Chicago Tribune - Aug 24, 1948
"SOFT as velvet, INKY is the cutest kitten that ever 
got milk in his whiskers ... a new series of 
GREETING CARDS designed by NORCROSS."




Daily Boston Globe - Sep 1, 1948
"...  Have you seen INKY 's the irresistible black kitten on
 NORCROSS greeting cards 
America's Best-loved Greeting Cards NORCROSS ..."
 
NORCROSS, INC. CORPORATION 
NEW YORK 244 MADISON AVENUE NEW YORK NEW YORK
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