Over the years, we’ve featured a variety of winter or holiday scenes on the cover of our Christmas catalogs.
As we head full-bore into the 2011 Christmas season, let’s take a trip down Memory Lane with with those holiday cover images from our archives.
Drysdales had published other December catalogs in previous years, but this one in 1994 featured the first overt winter scene. The image, “Coming Home” by noted Western artist Hermon Adams, also was offered as a limited-edition print:
Another winter scene, this time a photograph of horses tromping through the snow, was featured in the 1999 holiday catalog.
In December 2000, we featured another painting by Adams, titled “Snow Wolves.” This also was offered as a limited-edition print.
The holiday 2002 cover featured a painting by Bill Rabbit, titled “December’s Morning Mist.” Rabbit, like Adams, created several catalog covers for Drysdales. Rabbit, a member of the Cherokee Nation, is based in his native Oklahoma.
This whimsical illustration by noted Western artist Jack Sorenson in 2003 featured more of a cowboy-centered theme. Sorenson has designed many Christmas cards over the years.
In 2004, Sorenson painted another holiday cover. Apparently Santa had swapped his reindeer for a horse.
By 2005, Sorenson had Santa upgrading his transportation to a four-horse stagecoach.
This Sorenson illustration in 2006 features a Christmas scene at an old-time mercantile store.
A horse “family” on a snow-covered farm was featured in the 2007 holiday catalog cover.
In 2008, a cowboy hat-wearing Santa used a pack horse to help him make his rounds. The oil painting, created by Sorenson, was titled “Santa’s Big Ride” and offered as a print by a fine-arts company in Santa Fe.
We hope that these catalog covers get you more into the mood for the holiday season. If you want our latest catalog mailed to you, you can fill out this request form.