Vintage Gift Wrap - Circus in is Town - Full sheet Wrapping Paper - Laurel Gift Wrap - Lion Bear Elephant Ringmaster Monkey

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Preparation takes 1-3 business days
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This piece of gift wrap (approx 29 inches by 19.75 inches) is an arresting crafty take on the circus. Laurel Gift Wrap.

It is in fantastic vintage condition. It does not come in the original packaging. Paper is inverted (pattern folds in).

About American Greetings Corporation:

It all started with $50 and the dreams of one determined young man. The success of American Greetings Corporation began in the heart of Jacob Sapirstein, a young Polish immigrant. Jacob believed that with ambition, ethics and hard work, anyone could achieve the American dream.
Shortly after his arrival in America in 1905, Jacob moved to Cleveland, Ohio, and became a jobber of post cards - a popular item of the times - buying the cards from German manufacturers and selling them to local merchants.

To start his business, Jacob borrowed $50 from a local bank to buy a supply of penny postcards, which he sold to drug stores, novelty shops and confectioners. By the end of the first week, he had sold enough cards to repay the loan, and had an extra $50 to fund the following week's business. The most popular designs in his early product line expressed feelings using rhymed verses and flowery Victorian artwork.

Jacob and his wife had four children: sons, Irving, Morris, and Harry; and daughter Bernice. Before long, the Sapirstein Greeting Card Company became a family operation. The children helped their father organize inventory, stuff fancy postcards into envelopes and make deliveries to accounts in the family's horse-drawn cart.

In a family business, everyone helps out. In 1918, when Jacob was bedridden by the flu epidemic that killed 20 million people worldwide, son Irving, 9, made sure Christmas and Valentine's Day cards were delivered to retailers. By age 12, Irving was keeping the company books. His brother, Morris, joined soon after, delivering cards to stores after school.

Through the Great Depression, Jacob's business flourished. People bought milk and bread to feed their bodies and greeting cards to feed their spirits. During the Depression, inexpensive greeting cards were often given in lieu of gifts people couldn't afford. By 1936, the Sapirstein Greeting Card Company was printing its own cards. Since World War II soon made it impractical for Jacob's young company to import cards from Europe, establishing its own manufacturing plant became a smart strategy. Making its own cards gave the fledgling company the ability to develop its own paper, art, verse and envelopes to have complete creative control over the cards that "say it best."

In the 1940s the name was changed to "American Greetings Publishers".

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Average review
quickly shipped, beautiful and colorful circus paper, safely packaged, arrived intact
Nov 26, 2016 by Becca Bankston
May 29, 2013 by A fellow maker

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Preparation takes 1-3 business days
Arrives from the United States
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