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Maritime, Collectibles, Christmas Cards, Edmund Lang


Edmund Lang Yachting
Christmas Card Collection

American: c. 1920s to 1930s
Approximately 25 cards
5 x 7, 4 x 6, 3.5 x 5 inches average sizes
$250, the collection

A collection of Christmas cards sent to Lang by various yachtsmen including Alan Butler, Colgate Hoyt, Hobey Ford, Bill Lundgren, Samuel Dauchy, Clarence Collens, Fred Woodworth, Harry Hall, George Winter, George Cutter, George and Julia Roosevelt, Joe Dunbaugh, Walter S. Gubelmann, Franklin Ratsey. Many of the cards feature actual photographic prints, and consist mainly of yachts (generally owned by the card sender) and seascapes.

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A card that was sent by Lang, included in the collection, has a picture of the boat “Banzai” with the following message:

“May your voyage on the great sea of life resemble this little picture – blue sky, few clouds, favorable winds and jolly company – at this season my you have joy, peace and friendship – this year and many to follow. Christmas 1921.”

The Christmas cards come from American industrialists and yachtsmen:

Walter S. Gubelmann’s father William owned the square rigger Seven Seas. The Gubelmann family yacht “Constellation” won the 1964 America ‘s Cup on behalf of the New York Yacht Club. Gubelmann’s card is an etched-type image of the Seven Seas and a letter in manuscript that he signed.

Alan Butler was Chairman of de Havilland Aircraft and an avid boater. Butler owned the ketch “Sylvia.”

Colgate Hoyt (1883-1963) was a member of the New York Stock Exchange (1908-42) and director of the U.S. Pipe and Foundry Company. He served in the U.S. Army during World War I and World War II and retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. The New York City Junior Sailing Program gives a Hobey Ford Memorial Trophy for Seamanship each year.

Samuel Dauchy commissioned the 31’ racing yacht 1st Fiddle in 1929; it went on to win several PC Nationals in the following decades and is still sailing.

Clarence Collens was president of Reliance Electric from 1907-47.

George E. Roosevelt was active in the yachting world; he owned a schooner called “Mistress” (shown in the card) that participated in a 1931 race and from 1959 to 1964 served as a member of the U.S. Sailing Appeals Committee.

Franklin Ratsey was a captain in the Royal Navy, who in 1952 won the Britannia Cup races. His cards show the yacht “Zoraida.”

Condition: Generally very good with the usual light overall toning and light wear.

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20th Century