In time for the holiday season of 1966, Eileen Detlefsen created several original Christmas cards using the linoleum block print technique. “Old
was the theme of these cards. Notes inside the card which depicted the Follett
House on the cover stated that the residence of pioneer Sandusky
resident Oran Follett was once the scene of many social festivities in early Sandusky.
Inside the Christmas card which featured the
Sandusky harbor, Mrs. Detlefsen pointed out that in 1848 Sandusky was larger than Cleveland. In those days many sailing ships visited
For many years the West House, pictured above in another of “Eileen’s Originals,” was known as one of the best hotels between
New York and Chicago.
The popular hotel, in operation in Sandusky
from the 1850s until the 1910s, was host to many notable visitors through the
On the inside of each Christmas card is provided an account of Christmas in
from 1824, as was described by historian Hewson L. Peeke. (Some of the account might be more legendary than historical.)
to view these
unique Christmas cards created by Eileen Detlefsen, as well as an article about
the cards from the December 12, 1966 issue of the RFD News. Eileen, along with
her husband Harold Detlefsen, were the founders of the RFD News in 1958. Sandusky