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  • Place of origin:

    Korea (printed)
    Japan (published)

  • Date:

    late 20th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Seoul Greetings Co. Ltd. (manufacturers)
    J Kamika (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Lithography and foil blocking on embossed, die-cut and folded card, with electronic chip

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Jill Ritblat

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case GG, shelf 221

Though descended from the European figures of Saint Nicholas and Father Christmas, Santa Claus in his modern form first appeared in mid-twentieth-century American adverts for Coca Cola. In this card by a South Korean manufacturer for a Japanese publisher, a telling product of the postwar global economy, American iconography meets old and new Asian skill in paper crafts and electronic microchip technology.

Physical description

Pop up Christmas card depicting choir of Santas, with press-to-operate electronic chip playing Christmas carols.

Pop up Christmas card depicting a choir of Santas, with push button operated music chip playing a medley of Christmas songs.

Place of Origin

Korea (printed)
Japan (published)


late 20th century (made)


Seoul Greetings Co. Ltd. (manufacturers)
J Kamika (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Lithography and foil blocking on embossed, die-cut and folded card, with electronic chip

Marks and inscriptions

'Dear Jill / happy Christmas / love / Kathy / Tokyo . Dec . 1999'
on the back; hand written in black ink

'Merry Christmas'
On the front, foil-blocked in gold

Printed in black on silver sticker covering electronic chip

'Printed in Korea / Exclusively For J.KAMIKA / Tokyo, Japan'
On the back, bottom left, printed in black

'Seoul Greetings / ©SEOUL GREETINGS CO.LTD / SG-9A-319'
On the back, bottom middle, printed in black

On the back, bottom right, printed in black


Height: 8.5 cm, Width: 11.9 cm, Depth: 4.1 cm open

Descriptive line

Christmas card by Seoul Greetings Co. Ltd. for J.Kamika, Tokyo

Production Note

Reason For Production: Retail


Card; Ink; Foil


Embossing; Foil blocking; Die cutting; Folding; Lithography

Subjects depicted

Musical instruments; Sheet music; Choirs; Christmas


Christmas; Greeting cards

Production Type

Mass produced


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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