Daniel Gifford (PhD 2011) has published American Holiday Postcards, 1905-1915: Imagery and Context.
His publisher, McFarland, explains, "From Santa Claus to Easter bunnies, flag-waving turkeys to gun-toting cupids, holiday postcards at first seem to be amusing expressions of a halcyon past. Yet with knowledge of audience and historical conflicts, this book demonstrates how the postcard images reveal deep divides at the height of the Progressive Era." The book is based on Gifford's dissertation, which he wrote under the supervision of Professor Alison Landsberg. Professor Ellen Wiley Todd of the department and Professor Paul Gorksi of the New Century College also served on the dissertation committee
Gifford works at the Smithsonian Institution and serves as an adjunct professor of history at Mason.
August 28, 2013