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

31 December, 2012

New Year's Postcards

Another holiday, another set of holiday postcards! These New Year's ones are especially great-- lots of embossing and metallic gold paint, really lovely (the rest of the set is here). As before I've given some of the writing on the back-- many just say "Happy New Years" and I haven't transcribed those, but I've done most of the ones with longer messages. I've also included the dates they were postal-stamped, when legible-- it's amusing how many were sent a bit late. 

From the New York Public Library. 


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"Friend Messick, We acknowledge your kind greetings and heartily reciprocate. All at well at home and we trust same with you and yours. When are you coming to Washington to visit us. There is always welcome. Sincerely J [or F] Harrison." Mailed 1909. Source



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"Going home tonight for good. Wishing you all a Happy New Year". Written December 1914 but posted Jan. 1915 Source



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Posted 1908. Source




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Posted Jan. 1911. Source



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(Date illegible) Source



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Unwritten and undated. Source



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"Wishing you and the family a very happy new year. I would like to hear you play." Source



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Mailed December 30, 1913. Source



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Posted 1908. Source



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"Dear Burnus [?], I take pleasure in writing you a few lines and to think what fun you and I had. And when you went away I always played with Ruth and please send her address. I think I will be closing now wishing you and your mother a Happy New Year." Stamp missing, undated. Source



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Posted 1908. Source



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Posted December 12, 1912.  Source



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Posted December 27, 1909. Source



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Unwritten and undated. Source



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Sent December 31, 1903. Source



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"Dear Charlie, Your Christmas card at hand, and in return I wish yourself and Wife a Happy and prosperous New Year. Ever the same, Ms. Adams." Posted December 28, 1909. Source



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"Mrs. Dolge, I wish you a very happy New Year. We are having a good time. There isn't sleighing tho down here at all. Charles Knapp." Posted December 29, 1910. Source



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Writing faded or erased; mailed December 28, 1910. Source



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Writing obscured. Posted December 28, 1909. Source



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Posted Jan. 2, 1909. Source



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Writing faded/obscured. C. 1920s? Source



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c. 1908. Source



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"Hearty congratulations from an old timer.Have thought of you lots of times." Posted December 1908.  Source



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Unwritten and undated. Source



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Mailed Jan 2, 1911. Source



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Mailed from Niagara Falls, December 25 1922. Source



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Posted Jan 8, 1908. Source



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Posted 1911. Source



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"I send my pussy to wish a Happy New Year to you with love." Posted December 30, 1909. Source



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Written but not posted, undated. Source



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c. 1920s. Source



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Writting illegible (and German). Mailed from Mannheim (Germany) to NYC December 21, 1914. Source



A Happy New Year.
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Undated. Source



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Posted December 30, 1910. Source



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"Dear Laura, was glad to recieve your card. Sorry Anna has been sick. Papa is giving all his [illegible] to Fred. I try to get him to write at the store but he wont and at night he is too weary. Tell Aunt [illegible] to excuse him for neglecting her." Send Jan 19, 1912 [?]. Source



8 comments:

Ana said...

I wish you all the best in 2013 :) !

Anna said...

Thanks so much! The same to you and all my wonderful followers!!

Miro from Dose of Dash said...

I think there was something auspicious about pigs and toadstools that did not carry over into the 21st century...

These are beautiful, thanks for sharing!

Shay said...

Lovely. I posted a link to your Christmas cards on my blog. I'm wishing you a great 2013 with some from mazaika.

http://www.mazaika.com/postcard/clock0.htm

And I agree with Miro -- I went to school in Germany, speak German, had a German Herr Professor father, and I'm missing the symbolism of the pigs.

First-footers and hoppin' John maybe didn't translate to greeting cards.

Carol Dent said...

Lovely selection of cards - thank you.

The French don't really send Christmas cards, but do use New Year cards and it is OK to post them right up to the middle of January.

Shay said...

I found the answer to the pig question (kept me up nights, that) --

http://web.prm.ox.ac.uk/amulets/index.php/lucky-pig-europe

Elizabeth Varadan aka Mrs. Seraphina said...

These were great!

Hope you had good holidays, and best wishes for 2013.

Anna said...

A belated thanks to all! Great to know that New Years cards can be sent until mid- January (why not, really!) and about the pigs... I was curious too, I have German heritage too and had no idea. Thank you!

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