Joyeux Noël | Festive Greetings to You All

The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) provides emergency food and healthcare to children and women in countries that have been devastated by war or other significant emergencies. UNICEF has been selling greeting cards for over 70 years. These cards are beautifully designed and made with a commitment to sustainable forest management and responsible use of the planet’s natural resources.

  • The image on the left is entitled ‘The Journey‘ by Danish graphic artist Gisken Gross. Little is known about her however she may be the wife of Birkerød garden architect Fritz Hermansen.

The other illustration was not part of the UNICEF Christmas card range. This design is by Australian artist Anthony John Heriot Harvey (b. 25 May 1930) aka Tony Harvey. He was a graphic designer, cartoonist, illustrator, print maker, industrial/product designer and sculptor.

  • A student at Melbourne High School from 1944-1946, Harvey read widely, borrowed from the Melbourne Public Library, frequented the National Gallery of Victoria and Ellis Bird’s secondhand bookshop discovering old engravings and copies of Punch, The Studio and Art in Australia which inspired his own artistic endevours.
  • Harvey had an extensive career as an educator in Victoria. He was especially noted for his wit, humour and economy of line in his Punch and Bulletin cartoons and vibrant range of lino-cut and silk screen Australian greeting cards produced during the 1950s and 1960s.
  • He died at Port Melbourne on 27 July 2014, at the age of 84.

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