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Henry D. Bowman Lilac Hedges Collection

Identifier: 2011-147-0

Scope and Contents

The Henry D. Bowman Lilac Hedges Collection (2011-147-0) is a collection of greeting cards, business papers, and other items pertaining to the former Lilac Hedges greeting card company of Litchfield, Connecticut.  Henry “Denny” Bowman provided designs for cards for Lilac Hedges in the 1950s, later establishing his own separate studio and working in collaboration with Ralph Hinchman. Among the items in this collection are sample pages with examples of card designs by Ralph P. Hinchman, Jac Venza, Harry Dunn, Jack Myers, Hilary Knight and Marty Norman.


  • Created: 1953-1965
  • Other: Date acquired: 07/09/2012


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Biographical or Historical Information

The Lilac Hedges greeting card company was founded by Ralph P. Hinchman III, and was based in two buildings in Litchfield, a house and a barn, that originally belonged to the historic Echo Farms. The property was renamed “Lilac Hedges” by Ralph P. Hinchman III’s relatives, and the company was named after the property. The company appears to have done business in the 1950’s and 60’s. Hinchman started making greeting cards by making Christmas cards for neighbors, friends, and family which featured the person’s house on the card. The cards were created by various artists including Jac Venza, Hilary Knight, Donn Sheets, Henry Bowman, Hinchman himself, and various other artists including Andy Warhol who designed several cards.

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1.00 boxes

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Source of Acquisition

Henry D. Bowman

Method of Acquisition


Existence and Location of Originals

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Related Materials

Jac Venza Photographs, 1974-1977 Lilac Hedges Collecton Lilac Hedges Love Notes, 1970s


Henry D. Bowman Lilac Hedges Collection
Kathy Craughwell-Varda
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Repository Details

Part of the Litchfield Historical Society Repository

7 South Street
P.O. Box 385
Litchfield CT 06759 US
860-567-3565 (Fax)