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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: 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.

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