Hey Mom, I Made You This Card

Hey Mom, I Made You This Card

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William H. Johnson, Going Out, ca. 1939-1942

We’ve been thinking about mothers a lot lately. Not just because they do so much for everyone under normal circumstances, but because these days, many moms are juggling full-time childcare and office hours, plus a whole lot of extra stress. For those of us who have grown up and live miles away from our parents, this weekend—it’s Mother’s Day, in case you forgot—is perhaps extra lonely. 

So to all you mothers and people who step into mothering-roles, no matter who you are, here are some cards from us to you. Some sweet, some sassy, some punny (because who says puns belong to dads? Not us!) If you had trouble getting your hands on a Mother’s Day card this year, we encourage you to save one of ours and send it to your mom or your dearest mother-figure. Or, if you’re feeling extra creative, browse our collection for artworks with a CC0 license as part of the Smithsonian’s Open Access initiative, and make your own tribute to send to Mom. If you make your own, please share it with us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. 

Mother's Day card featuring a painting of mother and child and the text Happy Mother's Day love, your favorite.

Happy Mother’s Day. Love, your favorite.
Unidentified, Mother and Child, mid-19th century

Mother's Day card featuring a painting of a woman in a red coat and text that says, You're not like a regular mom, you're a cool mom. Happy Mother's Day.

You’re not like a regular mom. You’re a cool mom. Happy Mother’s Day.

Alice Pike Barney, Alice Warder Garrett, ca. 1909-1910

Mother's Day card featuring an image of bright flowers and the text, You're like a mum to me. Happy Mother's Day.

You’re like a mum to me. Happy Mother’s Day.

Edna Boies Hopkins, Garden Flowers, ca. 1915

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