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Henry D. Bowman Lilac Hedges Collection


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Henry D. Bowman Lilac Hedges Collection, 1953-1965 | Litchfield Historical Society

By Kathy Craughwell-Varda

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Collection Overview

Title: Henry D. Bowman Lilac Hedges Collection, 1953-1965Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Lilac Hedges

Other Creators: Henry D. Bowman, Hinchman, Ralph P., Venza, Jac

Extent: 1.0 Boxes

Date Acquired: 09/19/2011

Subjects: Lilac Hedges

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Henry D. Bowman Lilac Hedges Collection (2011-147-0) is a collection of greeting cards, business papers, and other items pertaining to the former Lilac Hedges greeting card company of Litchfield, Connecticut.  Henry “Denny” Bowman provided designs for cards for Lilac Hedges in the 1950s, later establishing his own separate studio and working in collaboration with Ralph Hinchman.

Among the items in this collection are sample pages with examples of card designs by Ralph P. Hinchman, Jac Venza, Harry Dunn, Jack Myers, Hilary Knight and Marty Norman.

Collection Historical Note

The Lilac Hedges greeting 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.

Subject/Index Terms

Lilac Hedges

Administrative Information

Repository: Litchfield Historical Society

Access Restrictions: This 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Use Restrictions: Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain.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.

Acquisition Source: Henry D. Bowman

Acquisition Method: Gift.

Related Materials:

Jac Venza Photographs, 1974-1977

Lilac Hedges Collecton

Lilac Hedges Love Notes, 1970s

Preferred Citation: Henry D. Bowman Lilac Hedges Collection (2011-147-0) Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, P.O. Box 385, 7 South Street, Litchfield, Connecticut, 06759.

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: Business Papers],
[Series 2: Greeting Cards],

Series 1: Business PapersAdd to your cart.
One page of resume and photocopies of invoices.
Series 2: Greeting CardsAdd to your cart.
Greeting cards (originals and photocopies) and sample pages, some of the artwork is by Henry D. Bowman and others are by Lilac Hedges artists Hinchman, Venza, Dunn, Knight, Norman.

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