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Lilac Hedges Collection | Litchfield Historical Society

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Collection Overview

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Primary Creator: Lilac Hedges

Other Creators: Hinchman, Ralph P.

Extent: 7.0 Boxes

Arrangement: The collection is organized into several series and is contained in seven boxes. The series are named for the manner they are organized based on the numbering system used by the Lilac Hedges Company. For example, the “# samples” series refers to a series of greeting cards which were printed with a single number on the back. In contrast the “#-# samples” series refers to a series of cards whose numbers are two numbers, for example 1-1. The sample series are cards which are glued to sheets of colored paper often including prices.

Date Acquired: 06/14/2010. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Hinchman, Ralph P., Lilac Hedges, Litchfield (Conn.)

Forms of Material: Greeting cards

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Lilac Hedges Collection (2011-08-0) is a collection of greeting cards, original artwork, and other items pertaining to the former Lilac Hedges greeting card company of Litchfield, Connecticut. The card company was founded by Ralph P. Hinchman III, and was based in two buildings in Litchfield, a house and a barn, that originally belonged to the historic Echo Farms. The property was renamed “Lilac Hedges” by Ralph P. Hinchman III’s relatives, and the company was named after the property. The company appears to have done business in the 1950’s and 60’s. Hinchman started making greeting cards by making Christmas cards for neighbors, friends, and family which featured the person’s house on the card. The cards were created by various artists including Jac Venza, Hilary Knight, Donn Sheets, Henry Bowman, Hinchman himself, and various other artists including Andy Warhol who designed several cards.

The collection is housed in 7 boxes. The first three boxes are large boxes which contain solely greeting cards for various occasions. The fourth box contains a portfolio of a series of Valentine’s Day cards. The fifth box houses two sample albums from 1964 and 1965, and the albums are of various Christmas cards. The sixth box contains four linoleum stamps that would have been used to create cards. The seventh box contains miscellaneous items which range from original artwork, packs of cards, and a Lilac Hedges order form.

Please see the detailed descriptions below for more information on what is housed in each box.

Subject/Index Terms

Hinchman, Ralph P.
Lilac Hedges
Litchfield (Conn.)

Administrative Information

Repository: Litchfield Historical Society

Accruals: The Lilac Hedges Collection is composed of three separate donations all by Elsa Hinchman Clark as well as  musuem purchases. The collection has been given the accession number of the largest donation, but the other donations are 2010-365-0 and 2010-271-0. The Museum purchases were given the numbers 2010-234-0; 2015-16-0;2015-17-0. The donations and the purchases have all been assimilated into this collection.

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, P.O. Box 385, 7 South Street, Litchfield, Connecticut, 06759

Acquisition Source: Elsa Hinchman-Clark

Acquisition Method: Gift

Preferred Citation: Lilac Hedges Collection (2011-08-0), Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, P.O. Box 385, 7 South Street, Litchfield, Connecticut, 06759


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Series 1: # Sample SeriesAdd to your cart.
The # sample series spans 20 folders in box 1. The various cards are signed by artists including: Jac Venza, Hilary Knight, Ralph P. Hinchman, Kaiser, Harry Dunn, K. Wasilewska, Edouard Halouze, Donn Sheets, Henry Bowman, Fischetti, Gropp, Victoria Larrea, Roger Baker, Phillipe Cloës, and Woldemar Neufield. The cards are entirely holiday themed. The cards are glued to pieces of sturdy colored paper that include the card number and the price.
Related Material: Series 1: # Series
Series 2: # SeriesAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
The # series contains 16 folders of cards. One card of some note is numbered 339 and contains a typed message from a customer, Gordon Hobson Maginnis who had just moved to New Orleans, Louisiana. The card is asking Ralph for 100 copies of a card and from the tone of the card Mr. Hinchman and Mr. Maginnis appear to be well acquainted. The cards of the # series are holiday cards and some of the artists whose artwork is signed include: Ralph P. Hinchman, Hilary Knight, Jack Meyers, Lanson Margot, Jac Venza, Harry Dunn, Karlymander, Evelyn Curro, and Marylee Handville.
Related Material: Series 1: # Sample Series
Series 3: #-# SeriesAdd to your cart.
The #-# series contains holiday greeting cards that are contained in three folders in box 1 of the Lilac Hedges collection. Some cards of interest are 57-01 which contains a note from Lois F. Humphrey to Ralph Hinchman; the note in the card praises Hinchman’s cards for their blank inside allowing the patron to personally write messages into the cards. Another card of particular interest is the card 55-18; the artwork is of the Gracey Mansion. Signed cards in the collection include Ralph Hinchman and Woldemer Neufield.
Series 4: #-#-# SeriesAdd to your cart.
The #-#-# series is a collection of cards contained in seven folders inside box one of the Lilac Hedges collection. The cards are holiday cards, and the signed names on the cards include: Ralph P. Hinchman, H.D. Bowman, Donn Sheets, Jac Venza, Edouard Halouze, Mauro Caputo, and Clare Lughton. The last folder in this series contains cards whose numbers, which are on the back of the cards, were damaged and the numbers can no longer be read.
Series 5: 59 Sample SeriesAdd to your cart.
The 59 Sample series is a collection of samples of small cards whose organizational number contains the number 59, for example a card might have the number “59 M1.” The series contains five folders in box 1 of the Lilac Hedges collection. Since the cards are samples they are all glued onto a black backing, but their numbers are printed onto a sticker that has been placed onto the backing. The only artists who signed cards in this collection are Hilary Knight and Ralph P. Hinchman. The cards cover various occasion, moving and house warming, party invitations, and thank you cards.
Related Material: Series 6: 59 Series
Series 6: 59 SeriesAdd to your cart.
The 59 series is a collection of small cards whose organizational number contains the number 59; for example, a card might have the number “59 M1.” The only artists who signed cards in this series are Hilary Knight and Ralph P. Hinchman. The cards cover various occasion, moving and house warming, party invitations, and thank you cards.
Related Material: Series 5: 59 Sample Series
Series 7: Numbered MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
The Numbered Miscellaneous series is composed of two folders of cards in box 1. The cards are numbered, but their numbers do not seem to fit into the other series. Many of the cards appear to be early cards. The artists who signed cards in this series are Ralph P. Hinchman and Hawes.
Series 8: A SeriesAdd to your cart.
The A series is a collection of two folders in box 1 of the Lilac Hedges collection. The cards are all related to wedding anniversaries. There are no cards with signed artwork.
Series 9: AN SeriesAdd to your cart.
The AN series is a collection of two folders of cards in box 1 of the Lilac Hedges collection. The cards’ artwork is primarily a large letter; all the artwork is signed by Ralph P. Hinchman.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Series 1: B SeriesAdd to your cart.
The B series is made up of five folders in box 2 of the Lilac Hedges collection. All the cards are birthday cards. None of the artwork of the cards is signed by the artists.
Series 2: C SeriesAdd to your cart.
The C series is a series of Christmas cards. The series is made up of eight folders of cards contained in box 2 of the Lilac Hedges Collection. All the cards are samples so they are glued onto a backing which has the organizational numbers typed onto them. On the back of the cards the label that usually reads “Lilac Hedges” reads “Chestnut Hill Cards Litchfield, CT” and the emblem is different from the Lilac Hedges cards. The artists who signed artwork are Ralph P. Hinchman, Bunin, “PKRPH,” and Richard Stwon (?).
Related Material: box 2: series 4: Chestnut Hill series
Series 3: CA SeriesAdd to your cart.
The CA series is a collection of sample cards. The series is made up of three folders of cards that are housed in box 2 of the Lilac Hedges Collection. Since the cards are samples the cards are glued to a piece of study paper that also contains the organizational number and the price of the card. The cards are all Christmas cards. No artists signed the artwork on the cards.
Series 4: Chestnut Hill SeriesAdd to your cart.
The Chestnut Hill Series is made up two folders in box 2 of the Lilac Hedges collection. The cards appear to be related to the C series because the emblem on the back of the cards is the same. The emblem says “Chestnut Hill Cards” with a picture of a leaf and chestnuts instead of the Lilac Hedges emblem. The cards also have a C number, and the cards are also Christmas cards. Artwork signed by artists include names like Ralph P. Hinchman, Dick Brown, and Jac Venza.
Related Material: box 2: series 2: C series
Series 5: G-L + B SeriesAdd to your cart.
The G-L + B series is a series containing two folders of cards; it is housed in box 2 of the Lilac Hedges collection. The cards appear to all be Christmas cards, and two artists have signed artwork on the cards, Ralph P. Hinchman and Phillipe Cloës. The cards are sample cards so they are glued to sturdy paper with the price of the cards as well as the organizational number.
Series 6: G SeriesAdd to your cart.
The G series is a series of cards whose organizational number begins with the letter G; they are all Get Well cards. The series is composed of two folders that are housed in box 2 of the Lilac Hedges collection. Artwork on one card is signed by an artist named Plant.
Series 7: House SeriesAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
The house series is a series of eight folders housed in box 2 of the Lilac Hedges collection. The cards do not have an organizational number, but the artwork on all the cards is of a house. Ralph P. Hinchman’s earliest work (according to an oral history given by Elsa Hinchman-Clark) was creating Christmas cards for friends and family which feature artwork of their houses; this series is most likely those early cards. Most of the artwork is created by Hinchman, but H.D. Bowman has signed some of the artwork.
Series 8: JBS seriesAdd to your cart.
The JBS series is a series of cards contained in one folder that is housed in box 2 of the Lilac Hedges collection. The two cards in the folder contain an organizational number containing “JBS” which is not found on any other cards in the collection. Both cards are Christmas cards from Jane Bedell, and the cards are not signed.
Series 9: M Sample SeriesAdd to your cart.
The M sample series is a collection of sample cards that are held in three folders in box 2 of the Lilac Hedges collection. Since the cards are sample cards they are glued to sturdy paper which also contains the organizational number of each card and the price of each card. Artists who signed artwork in this series are Jac Venza, Hilary Knight, and Ralph P. Hinchman. The M series appears to be cards which had envelopes which were made for each card; each sample has the card glued on one size of the card and the envelope on the reverse. Many of the items in the series appear to be Christmas cards, but some of the items appear to be stationery. Three of the cards are elaborate cards such as a version of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” (811 <) parody of “ ‘Twas Night Before Christmas” (934 M), sheet music for “A Child This Day is Born” (935 M),
Related Material: box 2: series 2: M Series
Series 10: M seriesAdd to your cart.
The M series is a series of two folders that can be found in box 2 of the Lilac Hedges collection. The cards do not seem to have a clear single topic that they cover, but the cards appear to mostly be Bon Voyage and “Thinking of You” cards. Artists who have signed artwork on the cards include: Ralph P. Hinchman, Jac Venza, Harry Dunn, and Plant.
Related Material: box 2: series 9: M Sample Series
Series 11: N Sample SeriesAdd to your cart.
The N Sample series is a series of seventeen folders that are housed in box 2 of the Lilac Hedges collection. The N series appears to be cards that are blank inside. Since the cards are sample cards each card is glued onto sturdy paper which includes the organizational number and the price of the card. Signed artwork includes artists such as: Clare Leighton, Ralph P. Hinchman, Shenton, Evelyn Curro, Hilary Knight, and Lanson Margot.
Related Material:: box 2: Series 13: N series
Series 12: O SeriesAdd to your cart.
The O series is composed of only one card that can shares a folder with the N sample series. The card in the O series is a Christmas card created by Jac Venza. It is stored in box 2 of the Lilac Hedges collection.
Series 13: N SeriesAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
The N series is a series of twelve folders of cards housed in box 2 in the Lilac Hedges collection. The N series appears to be cards that are blank on the inside; there does not appear to be any other thematic connection between the cards. Artists that have signed artwork include: one card signed by Andy Warhol (N 14) and cards signed by Ralph P. Hinchman.
Related Materials: box 2:series 11: N Sample Series
Box 3Add to your cart.
Series 1: P Sample SeriesAdd to your cart.
The P Sample Series is a series of a twelve folders of cards in box 3 of the Lilac Hedges collection. The cards are all party invitations for various occasions. Because the cards are sample cards they are glued onto sheets of sturdy paper which has the price of cards as well as the organizational numbers printed onto the sheets. Two artists have signed artwork that is on the cards: Hilary Knight and Ralph P. Hinchman.
Related materials: box 3: series 2: P Series
Series 2: P seriesAdd to your cart.
The P series is a series of nineteen folders of cards housed in box 3 of the Lilac Hedges collection. All the cards are party invitations for various occasions. The artists who have signed the artwork on the cards included: Hilary Knight, Ralph P. Hinchman, Gropp, Luyers, Harry Dunn, Plant, and Phillipe Cloës.
Related Materials: box 3: series 1: P Sample Series
Series 3: Postcards and Sheet InitationsAdd to your cart.
The Postcards and sheet-invitations series is comprised of one folder. The folder contains postcards and invitations for various occasions. One postcard has artwork signed by Ralph P. Hinchman, but none of the other postcards have signed artwork.
Series 4: T SeriesAdd to your cart.
The T series is a series of three folders housed in box 3 of the Lilac Hedges collection. All the cards are “Thank you” cards. The only artwork that is signed in this series is signed by Ralph P. Hinchman.
Series 5: XC SeriesAdd to your cart.
The XC series is a series of six folders of cards in box 3 of the Lilac Hedges collection. The cards are all Christmas cards. Artists that have artwork that is signed on the cards include: Porter and Marcella Levin.
Series 6: Miscellaneous Sample SeriesAdd to your cart.
The Miscellaneous Sample Series is a series of four folders found in box 3 of the Lilac Hedges collection. The cards have no visible organizational number, but they are glued onto sturdy paper like the other sample cards. Artists who have signed their artwork include: Ralph P. Hinchman, Harry Dunn, and Hilary Knight.
Series 7: Miscellaneous Cards SeriesAdd to your cart.
The Miscellaneous Cards Series is a series of 9 folders of cards housed in box 3 of the Lilac Hedges collection. The cards have no organizational number on them. The cards appear mostly to be holiday cards. A majority of the signed artwork is signed by Ralph P. Hinchman and HD Bowman has signed some of the artwork.
Series 8: Sample book 1Add to your cart.
Sample book 1 is an unbound sample book of cards stored in seven folders in box 3 of the Lilac Hedges collection. The sample book appears to be an early book; the first card in the book is the first card that Ralph P. Hinchman sold commercial (according to a note and oral history given by Elsa Hinchman-Clark). Artists that signed artwork in this sample book are Ralph P. Hinchman and HD Bowman.
Series 9: Sample Book 2Add to your cart.
Sample book 2 is a loose sample book that is stored in eleven folders in box 3 of the Lilac Hedges collection. The cards all appear to be holiday cards. Artists that have artwork signed on cards in the collection include: Jane Bodell, Nils Hogner, Frederickson, Carlis, and Ralph P. Hinchman.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Item 1: Valentine's Day Card PortfolioAdd to your cart.
Box 4 contains a Valentine’s Day Card Portfolio. This is a black portfolio with the Lilac Hedges crest in gold on top. The portfolio contains the cards that were part of a special Valentine’s Day Card release. An announcement of this collection can be found in the Miscellaneous box, Box7: Folder 2. The cards are not signed and the enclosures do not give an artist name. Some of the enclosures give information such as price and the origin of the poetry that is used in the card. The organizational numbers for the cards in the portfolio begin with “V.”
Box 5Add to your cart.
Item 1: Sample Album 1, 1964Add to your cart.
Sample Album 1 is stored in box 5 of the Lilac Hedges collection. The album contains samples of cards. The outside is a black and white pattern with a Lilac Hedges crest on the front cover. The first few pages contain instructions on order cards which include illustrations by Hillary Knight. Artists whose artwork is signed that are in this sample book are: Marylee Handville, Jack Myers, Ralph P. Hinchman, Harry Dunn, Jac Venza, Seddom Wylde, Robert T. Lee, Hilary Knight, Paul Wescott, Al Sttile, Margot Lanson, Phillipe Cloës, and Donn Sheets. The cards are holiday cards.
Item 2: Sample Album 2, 1965Add to your cart.
Sample Album 2 is stored in box 5 of the Lilac Hedges collection. The album contains samples of cards. The outside is a black and white pattern with a Lilac Hedges crest on the front cover. The sample book is from 1965. The first few pages contain instructions on order cards which include illustrations by Hillary Knight. Artists whose artwork is signed that are in this sample book are: Phillipe Cloës, Jac Venza, Paul Wescott, Harry Dunn, Marylee Handville, Richard Barth, Jack Myer, Ford Ruthling, Marty Norman, Betty Murtugh, Guido Rosa, and Ralph P. Hinchman. The cards are holiday cards.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Item 1: Stamp 1Add to your cart.
A linoleum stamp of pinecones.
Item 2: Stamp 2Add to your cart.
A linoleum stamp of birds.
Item 3: Stamp 3Add to your cart.
A linoleum stamp of a deer surrounded by trees.
Item 4: Stamp 4Add to your cart.
A linoleum stamp of birds and flowers.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Item 1: Red PortfolioAdd to your cart.
A portfolio containing sample stationary and bookplates.
Item 2: Black PortfolioAdd to your cart.
A black portfolio with the Lilac Hedges crest on the front cover. The portfolio has samples of Christmas cards. Artists with signed art on the cards include: Carlis, Ralph P. Hinchman, and Frederickson.
Item 3: "Pleeza Come" InvitationsAdd to your cart.
A sealed pack of invitations. The artwork on the cards portays a man holding a sign that reads: "pleeza come."
Folder 1: 2 packs of cardsAdd to your cart.
Folder 1 contains 2 packs of cards. One pack of cards is a pack of inivitations whose artwork is by Hilary Knight, and the other pack is a pack of thank you cards that has "Merci" written on the front.
Folder 2: Valentine's Day AnnouncementAdd to your cart.
Folder 2 contains 2 copies of an announcement made by Lilac Hedges about an upcoming line of Valentine's Day cards. The cards can be found in box 4.
Related Material: Box 4: Valentine's Day Cards Portfolio
Folder 3: Order FormAdd to your cart.
An order form from Lilac Hedges.
Folder 4: Wreath ArtworkAdd to your cart.
Original artwork of a wreath signed by Ralph P. Hinchman.
Folder 5: Snowman ArtworkAdd to your cart.
Original, unsigned artwork of a snowman on a thin board.
Folder 6: Winter Couple ArtworkAdd to your cart.
Original, unsigned artwork of a couple in a sleigh on a thin board.
Folder 7: Madonna ArtworkAdd to your cart.
Original, unsigned artwork of a madonna on a thin board.
Folder 8: Lilac Hedges PatternAdd to your cart.
A pattern pasted onto a thin board which reads repeatedly: "LHL."
Folder 9: Panda ArtworkAdd to your cart.
Original, unsigned artwork of a panda covering one of its eyes.
Folder 10: House Artwork 1Add to your cart.
Original, unsigned artwork of a house in red ink on a thin material.
Folder 11: House Artwork 2Add to your cart.
Original, unsigned artwork of a house in red ink on a thin material.
Folder 12: House Artwork 3Add to your cart.
Original, unsigned artwork of a house in red ink on a thin material.
Folder 13: Stationary and Stationary ArtworkAdd to your cart.
A folder of stationary and Stationary artwork. Some of the artwork is signed by Jac Venza and Ralph P. Hinchman.
Folder 14: Playing CardsAdd to your cart.
A few playing cards and a couple of Lilac Hedges price tags. It is unclear if the playing cards were created by Lilac Hedges.
Folder 15: Assorted Articles and InvitationsAdd to your cart.
A folder of various invitations to invites for Lilac Hedges as well as articles such as small cards with the Lilac Hedges logo.
Folder 16: Train Station PictureAdd to your cart.
A black and white picture of a transtation. On the back of the picture in pen there is a note that reads: "New Milford?"
Folder 17: Photographs of Ralph Hinchman1940, circa 1940, 1977Add to your cart.
Two photographs, one of him in his Army uniform in a studio photograph by Fabian Bachrach and another a candid photograph from 1977.
Folder 18: Gift cardsAdd to your cart.
Five amall gift cards [2015-16-0] numbered E15; E29; E31; E41; E56.
Folder 19: Boxed invitationsAdd to your cart.
A box of invitations for a holiday party [2015-17-0]  numbered P165.

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