Wishing you a happy New Year


White flowers


Pink flowers

The two sides of this card are similar to one another, and at first I didn’t realize there were two distinct images. But there are white flowers and pink flowers, both carrying the sentiment Wishing you a happy new year.

Again, there is no place to write a note and no makers mark. It is clearly a New Year’s card, which is much less common today than in the past, although I’m not so sure they were ever actually popular in history either.


Christmas Eve


It’s Christmas Eve around the world! I hope all your Christmas cards have arrived at their destinations to carry the wishes of happiness and love to everyone on your list. Kathy & Karen Klein are opening gifts in a paneled room, surrounded by more gifts. The color printed card is dated 1968 and features a horse drawn sled. It was signed Fred, Isobel, Kathy & Karen, and the signature appears to have been incorporated in the printing.

Merry Christmas


Kristina Klein is sweet and warm in her footed pajamas. She looks to be about 2 or 3 years old, and is seated by the hearth with pretty wrapped packages, ready to celebrate Christmas. The sentiment is Merry Christmas and a happy new year! signed by John, Linda & Kristina Klein. I’m guessing 1960s on this one.

This is the first in a collection of cards sent to and from in the Klein family. I will be featuring all of them that I have and we will see three different branches of the family. Be sure to check back for more!

Merry Christmas Happy New Year

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For as long as there have been Christmas cards, people have been sending them late, haha. Here’s a nice card showing stair step kids in coordinating pajamas. It appears that Mrs Smith intended to mail these before the Christmas rush but missed the opportunity due to late delivery, and just wrote over the Christmas greeting with wishes for the new year, 1959.

The note on the back indicates the family will not “view the parade” with Lucille & Fred, which suggests to me anyway that they lived in Southern California, since the parade here is the Rose Parade on New Year’s Day. My family used to live around the corner and down the street from the Rose Parade route and we could walk over. Back in the 60s, it wasn’t the free for all madhouse it is today. After we moved away from Pasadena, we still had friends in the neighborhood and would drive up, park in their driveway and walk over. Miss Parr, a long time neighbor, would have hot chocolate and these cookies with giant sugar crystals on top for us. When it got too cold to stand and watch the parade, we would walk back to Miss Parr’s house and warm up. She had the parade on the television so we didn’t miss a thing.¬†After the Rose Parade finishes its route, the floats are taken to Pasadena City College and parked for several days so spectators can view them up close. They are gorgeous and detailed to say the least.

I hope that you have been enjoying your Christmas holidays. I am submitting this to the Sepia Saturday “open house” for the holidays and hope you will click over and visit some of the other contributors. The theme of course is the holidays.

Merry New Year!

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