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Lilac Hedges Collection | Litchfield Historical Society

By Benjamin Bradley

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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.
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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.
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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.

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