A truly happy New Year to You



May you have all the seasons joys

This card is far prettier in hand than on screen. It is a two sided affair, and pressed between the two cards is a fine silk fringe. Each side is similar to the other, with a pastoral scene surrounded by branches, and very fine white glitter on the snowy parts of the images which as all but worn off over time. There is no makers mark or place for someone to sign the card. I am guessing at the 1920s on this based on another card I have from around that same time that is somewhat similar, but it’s just a guess. Anyone with better knowledge, please do chime in!


I wish you a Christmas vision bright

Mrs Deerdorff

A serene view of a house in the snow

There are always those cards that show up after Christmas, and sometimes they carry heartfelt messages that help to carry the holiday spirit forward. In our mad rush to get to the next big thing, our contemporaries can sometimes forget that the holiday is meant to last beyond December 25th. In some religions, the Christmas season begins on December 25th and runs through Advent – the true twelve days of Christmas. It would be good to bring this tradition out of the religions and into the mainstream, so we could keep those good Christmas feelings of peace, joy and love going for a few more days.

This card carries a poetical sentiment: I wish you a Christmas vision bright / Of a world re-made and clothed in light. / May Truth and Love banish all gloom / And the flowers of Hope sweetly bloom.


The card was mailed in 1921, and the reverse shows us a lot of interesting details. It carries a 1921 Christmas Seal in the top left corner. Christmas Seals originated in 1907 with the American Lung Association’s fight against tuberculosis. The fight against tuberculosis was gaining skill but losing funding, and $300 was needed to help keep a small hospital open. Emily Bissell designed the very first Christmas Seal, which eventually was endorsed by President Roosevelt, and she and her volunteers raised well over the stated goal. The stamps were sold at the post office for 1 penny a piece, and were not only a way to raise money, but awareness for the program. Since that time, Christmas Seals and the American Lung Association have expanded their efforts to address asthma, lung cancer, and other lung diseases. The stamp itself is probably valuable to collectors.

The card was sent to Mrs Deerdorff at 415 N 7th Street, Paducah, KY, and was mailed by Carrie C at 919 Summerfield Ave, Asbury Park, NJ. Carrie said “To wish you a happy Xmas and a glad New year.”

A Merry Christmas


Pretty holly

This is an unmailed postcard from around the 1900s. It is heavily embossed and gilded, and shows a bouquet of holly tied with a red bow. The gilding on the holly looks copper rather than golden. The small pine cones are also gilded with the copper color. The card was printed in Germany by B. W.

Christmas Greetings


Something important to say here

Wearing the same pajamas as the card from the previous year, Kathy & Karen are again opening presents while surrounded by more presents. They must have been very loved! The card salutation is Christmas Greetings from Our Home to Yours, and features a pair of small houses with smoke coming from their chimneys. The printed closing reads The Kleins – Fred, Isobel, Kathy & Karen.

To greet you with all kind thoughts

House in the woods

House in the woods

This Christmas card looks a bit like a college graduation announcement, with that circular image and the old English font, but in fact it is a Christmas greeting. The picture features a small house set back in the woods, surrounded by snow. The greeting is:

To greet you with all kind thoughts / and good wishes for / Christmas and the New Year

and it was signed

Your old friend

Mattie Knight

68 So Clarkson


May Christmas joys be yours

This little light of mine

This little light of mine

This card, about 2 1/2″ by 4″ is embossed with the image of a candle lantern embellished with silver metallic ink. The text reads:

May Christmas joys be yours / and happiness attend you / throughout the coming year

It was not signed.

Accept these season’s greetings

Pretty poinsettia

Pretty poinsettia

Here is a greeting sent to Geo & Mollie from Hett. The text is as follows:

Accept these season’s greetings, in the good old fashioned way, I wish you joy and happiness, on this Christmas Day

It appears as though this is also an arts & crafts influenced greeting card similar to the one by J. Raymond Howe Company.

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