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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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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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