December 2011 — Volume III Issue 10 Insider



Vanya Scott
Acting Senior Director of Museum Programs

Rebecca Fulcher
School Program Specialist

Joy Veenstra
Collections Management Intern

Sarah Haggerty
Curatorial and Collections Assistant

Mission Statement: The mission of the National Law Enforcement Museum is to tell the story of American law enforcement through exhibits, collections, research and education. The Museum dynamically engages the broadest possible audience in this story in an effort to build mutual respect and foster cooperation between the public and the law enforcement profession. By doing so, the Museum contributes to a safer society and serves to uphold the democratic ideals of the U.S. Constitution.

Director's Corner 

Happy Holidays from the National Law Enforcement Museum!

Christmas card, ca. 1888. 2006.394.2. Collection of the National Law Enforcement Museum, Washington, D.C.

This Christmas card was sent from Fred Shibles to his grandparents in 1888. Fred Shibles was one of two brothers (Frederick and Edward) who were NYPD officers at the turn of the 20th century.  This card features a perpetual calendar at the base of the card.

The card is a die cut chromolithograph card. Chromolithography was the first multi-color printing method, based on lithography (literally, printing from stone slabs) and developed in the 1830s. Previously, color had to be added to prints by hand. 

Chromolithography uses stone or zinc plates to add color to a print, automating the color printing process and making color prints widely and cheaply available.  Popular throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries, chromolithographic prints were prized for their rich coloring and the visual impact they added to books, cards, handbills, and other publications.



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