Louis Prang (Prussian-American, 1824-1909)

Prang was a printer, lithographer, and publisher known as the “father of the American Christmas card.” Early in his life, due to European political upheaval, he emigrated to the US. After buying a press, Prang began working with color printing for advertising, map printing, and other forms of business materials. Prang went to Germany to learn additional lithography techniques and began to reproduce famous artworks. He started selling Christmas Cards in 1874, which had a major impact on American culture.