Holidays & Seasonal

Vintage Movie Star Holiday Greetings

A homage to the movie stars of years gone by! Vintage classic movie actors and silent film stars (photos, portraits, and caricatures) inspired this selection of adapted, shareable Seasons Greetings, Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year wishes. 

Bert Lytell, Viola Dana, May Allison, Alice Lake, Ina Claire & Buster Keaton in caricature. These silent film actors and actresses were among the biggest movie stars of 1920, and send their wishes for the holiday season over a hundred years later!

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William S. Hart, one of the first and greatest of the cowboy stars of western movies in the era of silent films, shares his Happy Holidays greeting. 

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An actress dreamed of a Merry Christmas with Santa Claus, his sleigh and reindeer as the 1921 holiday season approached.

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Silent movie star Laura La Plante‘s festive seasonal portrait by Marland Stone graced the January 1929 cover of Motion Picture magazine. 

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Child actress Shirley Temple was a petite box office queen in the 1930s-1940s. She sends her wishes for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year all the way from 1938. 

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Puppeteer Edgar Bergen (father of Candace Bergen of Murphy Brown fame) and his puppets Mortimer Snerd & Charlie McCarthy wish you a Merry Christmas.

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Early 1950s pin-up favorite, competitive swimmer, model & actress Esther Williams with her 1951 Season’s Greetings.

christmas, pin up(Esther Williams 1951 Christmas Sleigh Photo: Dirone)

Ever the popular vintage classic movie pin-up girl, Esther Williams in an earlier pose from 1949.

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These seasonal holiday greeting card photos are suitable for sharing on social media (no link to is required, but it is appreciated). 

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Anita Hamilton

50+ World editor & writer Anita Hamilton's articles are inspired by real historical events, places, and people. Her travel experiences, a lifelong keen interest in history, art, vintage music, books, silent films, classic movies, "golden age" television shows, fashion, & entertainment in general - combined with years of research - make her a subject matter expert with acquired knowledge & expertise on these topics. This, and a loving and supportive family complete with 3 mini-dachshund minions, keeps her busy.

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