Alexander “Sandy” Calder’s Handmade Christmas Card

getting in the holiday spirit circa 1930

While flipping through December’s Elle Decor I found this gem of an article featuring handmade Christmas cards. These Christmas cards were not purchased from Paperless Post, Shutterfly or Hallmark. No, these overachievers took the time to make by hand their season’s greetings. One of these overachievers happens to be Alexander “Sandy” Calder of the Calder family fame whose art installations are all over Philadelphia. Something about this holiday greeting captures perfectly how I start to feel this time of year.


alexander “sandy” calder at the philadelphia museum of art

Maybe you’ll recognize the mobile “Ghost” that greets guests upon entry in the Great Stair Hall at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

alexander stirling calder

This is probably the most recognizable public sculpture: the Swann Memorial Fountain in Logan Square.


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This sundial in Fairmount Park which is especially pretty in the spring when the cherry blossom trees are in bloom.


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The Shakespeare Memorial located in Logan Square on the Parkway.

Originally these statues were on the Witherspoon building at 130 S. Juniper Street. They were moved to the lawn of the Presbyterian Historical Society at 425 Lombard Street.

alexander milne calder

Last but not least the patriarch of the Calder family who is responsible for the enormous Billy Penn statue on top of City Hall which for years set the height limit for buildings in Philadelphia. This awesome photo from Philly History puts just how big this statue is in perspective.


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