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'AN INTERWOVEN CHRISTMAS' HOLIDAY EXHIBIT

Ground Floor Gallery
Nov. 26, 2012 - Jan. 13, 2013

Every Christmas through the first half of the 20th century, the Interwoven Stocking Company of New Brunswick, New Jersey provided a popular gift option for Dad. Knowing that every man could use more stockings, they offered a new Christmas gift box each season with a colorful Early American holiday scene created by a series of talented commercial artists including N. C. Wyeth, J. C. Leyendecker, Norman Rockwell and others. Variations of the beautiful scene on the box also appeared in their magazine advertising and in store display signs and large fabric banners that were displayed in shoe and clothing stores.
 
This holiday season the Michigan State University Museum will present “An Interwoven Christmas,” an exhibition of Interwoven Stocking Company advertising art from the personal collection of MSU Museum Curator of History Val R. Berryman. 
 
Image of Interwoven socks
He has been collecting Christmas-related artifacts for more than 25 years, including advertising and promotional items, illustrations, cards, packaging, figurines, decorations and other Kris Kringle collectibles. Over the years, he has shared his personal collections - showcasing Christmas traditions from around the world.
 
The exhibit will be open from Nov. 26, 2012 through Jan. 13, 2013 in the Ground Floor Gallery.