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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: 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

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