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A Very Vintage Holiday Greeting from Mrs. Webb

An undated Christmas card from Aileen Osborn Webb (photograph by Paul Webb)
An undated Christmas card from Aileen Osborn Webb (photograph by Paul Webb)
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The legendary philanthropist, craft enthusiast, and founder of the ACC, Aileen Osborn Webb, was one heck of a lady. Known for her devotion to educating and promoting the work of craft artists across media and skill level from around the nation, she was a major player in the rise of the contemporary craft movement and its continued popularity today.

In addition to being a hardworking visionary, Mrs. Webb was an artist in her own right, writing poetry, making pottery, and carving wood in her leisure time. She also liked to have and propagate fun, hosting revelrous dinner parties for her many friends at her New York City penthouse and her farm in Shelburne, Vermont. The ACC archives contain numerous photographs, correspondence, writings, and speeches of Mrs. Webb dating back to the Council's founding in the early 1940s. One of our favorite images from her files is this holiday greeting card which seems to capture who she was as an individual and a leader - creative, adventurous, and always moving forward with the greatest momentum.

Throwback Thursday is a weekly series highlighting visuals from the American Craft Council Library's Digital Collections Database. Check back on Thursdays for more.




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