A Merry Christmas! I am so pleased to find among my collection a fine example of a glittered embossed postcard by P. Sander Company. Oh, how I wish I knew the ins and outs of scanning to capture three dimensions, for the publishers of this era worked hard to enhance their cards, simply and cheaply, … Continue reading Sing A Song for Christmas!
Hello, Donald, Come on over and we will sled ride. What is Santa Claus going to bring you. ~Carl This toy-bearing gent is more St. Nicholas than Santa Claus. Influenced by the artist's Saxon* roots, this illustration depicts a St. Nick clad in heavy black boots and a long, hooded red robe tromping through … Continue reading A Merry (European) Christmas!
This fair lady sends greetings for a Happy Christmas. Seven year old Donald C. Minor received this card at Christmastime 1909, and though the painting is not signed, I believe it to be another Ellen H. Clapsaddle card. Why? An embossed frame of gold holds the portrait of a sweet young lady, hair swept stylishly up … Continue reading My Fair Lady Wishes You A Happy Christmas!
Dear Cousin Dear Cousin, We arrived home safe and it has been winter ever since. Old Santa is coming to our church Friday eve. and we are anxious to see him. Come out and see us and we will take a sleighride. ~Ivan Vannroy A happy Christmas "meow" to you! The lightly embossed kittens send … Continue reading A Joyous Christmastide – Christmas in Postcards
Gartner and Bender, Publishers, Chicago, 1908 In April of 1908, six year old Donald C. Minor received this Gartner and Bender feline. Postcard collecting was a favorite hobby in the early 1900s and many creative entrepreneurs entered the printing industry. German publishers set the standard for early postcards and produced beautiful inexpensive cards that were imported … Continue reading The Fortune Teller: Wordless Wednesday with Vintage Postcards