1957-7-29 New York Times - U.N. chooses Gladys Rockmore Davis Holiday Card

 U.N. Displays ’57 Holiday Cards

            United Nations, N.Y., July 28—In a departure from custom the United Nations Children’s Fund has included a religious subject in its series of 1957 holiday greeting cards. They will be put on display tomorrow.

            It is the first time any United Nations agency has ventured to use a symbol representing any of the major religions.

            The religious card, painted by Gladys Rockmore Davis, a New York artist, depicts the Madonna in a crimson robe, with a veil of seafoam green instead of the traditional shade of blue, and with the almond eyes of the Oriental lands. The blending of Oriental and Occidental features, Mrs. Davis felt, would win approval in both Christian and non-Christian lands.

            Ten cards comprise the series that will be shown at the Children’s Fund counter in the lobby of the General Assembly building. Five have been contributed by Ludwig Bemelmans, depicting scenes from as many countries, in a group entitled “Music for Children.” Two are by Hans Erni of Switzerland, and two by Mai Thu, a Vietnamese living in Paris.

            Proceeds from sales of the cards help support the fund’s work for needy mothers and children in many parts of the world.