Flat, rectangular, celluloid card advertising the West Springfield Trust Co. Christmas Club. Yellow with black and red print, it carries the Christmas Club emblem, a black square with red and green holly in the center of card. This square contains information that reminds holders to make Christmas Club payments. In red and green print on back is a calendar for 1940.
Christmas Clubs are savings plans in which bank customers make scheduled deposits throughout the year into a Christmas account and received the money around the holidays to shop for gifts. This card is a product of Christmas Club, A Corporation of Eaton, Pennsylvania, which sold financial institutions all of the materials they would need to create a Christmas Club.
Ed Rossbach, born Chicago, IL 1914-died Berkely, CA 2002
synthetic ribbon, plastic found objects, macrame
7 1/2 x 11 x 9 in. (19.1 x 27.9 x 22.9 cm)
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Diane and Sandy Besser, Santa Fe, New Mexico
In the mid-1960s, Ed Rossbach took some time away from weaving wall hangings to explore different "off-loom" fiber projects. He tried coiling baskets, wrapping lampshade frames in raffia, and even macramé. Christmas Basket was woven from gift-wrap ribbon and incorporates plastic holly berries and leaves as well as cloth poinsettia petals.
"I like to do things that are absolutely technically perfect and I like to do things that look as though a child made them." Ed Rossbach, quoted in 40 Years of Exploration…, 1990
A card made of celluloid in the shape of a fan. A silk cord at the bottom is tied in a knot. There is also a Christmas greeting ("A Happy Christmas") on the front. The fan is decorated with hand-painted flowers. It may have been designed as a gift tag.