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Series of cards with a dining theme, ca. 1880's
Louis Prang & Company

Prang was the first firm to introduce cards with black backgrounds, a design theme that became very popular for a time.

(left) Front:	

	Once more hath the year
	run its race;
	Let's be merry its closing
	to grace,
	And cherish the pride
	that within us attends,
	To welcome at Christmas
	a circle of friends.

	A MERRY CHRISTMAS.

(right) Front:	

	MENU.
	FOR A CHRISTMAS FEAST.

	Of soup, fish, flesh and fowl there be enough,
	All toothsome, juicy, tender, never tough.
	The wine well iced, -- the welcome the reverse,
	Dessert, tobacco, coffee, -- nothing worse,
	Then pass the loving cup, filled with that rarity,
	The milk of human kindness [?]

	A MERRY CHRISTMAS

 
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