Albany Archives at APL: Local history of Christmas cards and Santa

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That first printed Christmas card. / image courtesy of Manchester Metropolitan University

The first Christmas card printed in the United State was printed in Albany.

It's true. It was printed at 516 Broadway -- "The Temple of Fancy" -- in 1851.

Matt Malette -- Mr. Albany Archives -- will be at the Albany Public Library's Washington Ave Branch December 19 talk to talk about that bit of local holiday history. He'll also be taking up the Troy roots of the famous poem "A Visit From Saint Nicholas," which was first published in the Troy Sentinel, and other other local Santa historical whatnot.

The talk is Wednesday, December 19 at 6:30 pm in the branch's large auditorium (if you enter through the front door, keep walking toward the back of the library). It's free.

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Another Troy Christmas connection:

James Lord Pierpont wrote the famous song "Jingle Bells." His father, the Reverend John Pierpont, was the pastor of a Unitarian congregation in Troy, New York (for a while... he moved around a bit).

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