Easter cards customarily combine a religious message of hope and renewal with images of a kinder and gentler season. Whether adorned with Easter eggs or Easter lilies, they celebrate the promise of brighter days ahead.
Homemade Easter cards are included in some of the Manuscripts & Folklife Archives holdings of WKU’s Department of Library Special Collections. One is from Mazie Lee Thomas, a largely self-taught African-American folk artist who resided in Adairville, Kentucky. Perhaps the most unusual card is one created by Mary Alice Kimbrough in 1944. Made with tiny, hand-cut pieces of postage stamps, the colorful greeting was sent to President Franklin D. Roosevelt and was undoubtedly a unique addition to his beloved stamp collection.