History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days. ~Winston Churchill

24 December, 2012

Australian Christmas Postcards

We've had a look at some swell early twentieth century Christmas postcards already this month, including a few with images that seemed to have little do with Christmas. Well, the Australians of the 1890s-1910s took it one step farther and simply stamped Christmas wishes onto any random photograph to make holiday postcards (at least, it was pretty common; I don't have a representative sample, but there's certainly it was popular!). I suppose it makes some sense-- send a picture of the place you live along with your greetings, especially to someone living far away--but certainly it's a bit random, and delightful. 

And Merry Christmas to the Aussies, who get it before most of us, after all!

Selected from a larger Christmas card set by the State Library of Queensland (except two, from the Powerhouse Museum). Many thanks to Tania Schafer, curator of that set!


State Library of Queensland

Sutton's Beach, Redcliffe, c. 1908. Source



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Merry Christmas from Queensland, c. 1900. Source



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The post office at St. George, c. 1905. Source




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Albert St. Methodist Church in Brisbane, c. 1910. Source



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Amby Downs station, 1946. Source



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Victoria Bridge, Brisbane, c. 1908. Source



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Bowen, Queensland, c. 1892. Source



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Horses and buggies at Cleveland lighthouse, 1908. Source



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Australian troops, barracks, and rifle range, 1916. Source



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Passengers boarding a steamer at Redcliffe, c. 1911. Source



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Mt. Abundance Station, c. 1898. Source



Powerhouse Museum

Boats in an unidentified harbour, c. 1900. Source



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Bush workers on a tea break, c. 1905. Source



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A view of the main street in Cleveland (an Australian one!), 1908. Source


Powerhouse Museum

Leaving Port Jackson, c. 1900. Source


And three that don't fit the theme, but are worth sharing anyway:


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A boy and pigs on leashes, c. 1920. Source



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Santa in Australia, c. 1910. Source



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A Christmas postcard sent by American Walter Guess, 1942. Source

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