Historical Holiday Cards
JANIS HAMPTON CARDS
Here are two Christmas greetings from Janis Hampton, items from the Cavanagh estate that were donated to the FBDCA Archives by the French Bulldog Club of Northern California. Janis was a well-known breeder, owner/handler and judge who lived in northern California. Over the years several of her show dogs went to Betty and Jack Cavanagh, her close friends.
This card from the mid-eighties features inside the card a photo of Betty and Jack with “Benjy” (Ch. Hampton ‘Heureux Joubert), whelped 8/3/75, and “Penny” (Ch. T and H’s Penny D’Or), whelped 6/3/82. The latter was jointly bred by Janis Hampton and Angel Terrett.
This post card with the two brindle puppies is from Christmas 1968. The puppies,
whelped 1/3/67, are “Gypsy” (Ch. Hampton’s Petite Gitane) and “Ricci” (Ch. Hampton’s Richard du Bon Coeur). This photo was on the cover of the July 1967 issue of the AKC Gazette. Ricci was owned and shown by Lee and Toni Meyer of Houston, Texas.
AMANDA WEST CARDS
Holiday greetings from a famous Frenchie breeder/owner/handler of the past! Here are four Christmas cards from Amanda West of Detroit, Michigan, one of the most successful owner/handlers in our club’s history. In 1971 she was named Best Female Owner Handler by Kennel Review magazine and two years later put the capstone on her impressive career by winning her twenty-first consecutive BB at Westminster. Unfortunately illness soon ended her handling career but not until she could boast of over 500 group wins and 111 BIS awards.
(This fold-over card with photo inside probably was sent in the mid-1960s)
Three of these cards dating from the late 1960s include photos of one of her great Frenchies, Ch. Ralanda Ami Pierre. (Her kennel prefix, Ralanda, was a combination of Ralph and Amanda.) Pierre, at eight months of age, won Best of Winners at the 1966 national specialty. At the 1967 national he went BOS to the West’s Ch. Ralanda Ami Hollee who won BB from the veterans class. Pierre’s career included six consecutive Westminster breed wins, 76 group wins and 13 BIS.
–Jim Grebe, Historian
(The cards shown below were from
1967, 1968, and 1969 respectively)
1967, the year Pierre was BOS at the national specialty.
1968 (Note plastic-wrapped trophies in Amanda’s trophy room)
1969 Ralph West died in 1969, so this card is just from Pierre and Amanda.