Astride My Horse, I Send You Christmas Greetings!

My mother recently recalled that her grandmother, May Laura Stephenson Minor, had been a great one to write; folks loved receiving her cards.  Her son, Donald C. Minor, was just a young boy when relatives and friends started sending their seasonal greetings, which were collected and carefully stored – probably by his card-loving mom.

Ethel of Morgantown, West Virginia, sent Donald this happy Christmas Greeting. The smiling girl sits astride her stick horse which is all decked out with sleigh bells; a ball and a book lie on the ground behind her.

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Dear Donald, I want Santy to bring you lots of pretty things. I hope your mama is better so you can all have a Merry Xmas.  Ethel



Old Saint Nick Sends Christmas Greetings

Donald C. Minor of Greene County, Pennsylvania received this Old World Christmas card from his cousin, Carl Minor, when he was just a small boy, about 1907.

Saint Nick is depicted carrying a sack filled with black horses, a billy goat, a doll, a drum, a sword and a book.  The picture is hung from a sprig of mistletoe, with bells pealing below.

Hello Donald I suppose you are looking for this old fellow. Come down to our Christmas Tree on Xmas Eve.  Carl

With Best Wishes for Christmas!

Twenty-five days until Christmas! 

 No postmark exists to date this lovely card, but it was found among my grandfather’s postcards, collected between the years 1906-1910, when Donald C. Minor was just a small boy in Greene County, Pennsylvania. This beautiful specimen from the International Publishing Company was printed in Germany in that time-frame.  I love the way artists of this era gave dimension to a small, penny card. The holly leaves and berries are embossed; the pealing church bells are embossed and painted a shimmering gold; the frame is heavily embossed and painted with the same shimmer. Inside that circle of gold are more symbols of comfort and joy – a windmill with its soothing rhythm and a drifting white feather with its promise of an angel’s care.

With Best Wishes for a great Christmas season!

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A Merry Christmas – a Paul Finkenrath Postcard


A Merry Christmas - a Paul Finkenrath Postcard

This beautiful German postcard was published by Paul Finkenrath of Berlin around 1909. The card was sent to my grandfather, Donald C. Minor, in Garard’s Fort, Pennsylvania by a Jesse Blaker with the message: I see by the paper that you haven’t missed any school, that is doing fine.