Greeting Cards

The illustrations of WAVES spilled over into greeting cards, which were made for a variety of occasions, including just to say “hello.” But there were also cards to congratulate a woman on her enlistment, to bid a farewell when she was heading to boot camp, to celebrate a birthday or a holiday, etc.

What’s interesting is how many of the cards portray the WAVES. Rather than the young women seen in other illustrations, greeting cards inevitably show the WAVE as a child, with pudgy legs and cheeks and few womanly curves in her figure.

This card comes from the collection of Liane Rose Galvin.