December 25, 2014 – From 1834 to 1907, Currier and Ives was a successful American printmaking company which produced various prints by fine artists as black and white lithographs. Based in New York City, Nathaniel Currier (1813–1888) and James Merritt Ives (1824–1895) helped introduce a variety of images of American life to the viewing public. Many of these images were tinted and colorized. They included idealized winter scenes, sporting and horse-racing events, historical events and portraits of people.
The Currier and Ives winter lithographs are often reproduced or imitated on modern Christmas cards. Taking those cards to the next (Star Wars) level is this clever interpretation of Luke’s snowspeeder, which has crashed into a rustic and woodsy setting. No sign of any AT-ATs, however, about to stomp out Luke’s holiday cheer.