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

13 March, 2013

St. Patrick's Day Postcards

An early St. Patrick's day post! In threeo days it's the anniversary of this blog and I've something special planned for the following days, including the 17th. But, of course, I can't let a holiday pass without dipping into the New York Public Library's collection of early twentieth century holiday postcards. So once again we have a wonderful collection of the lovely, the cheesy, and the odd. As usual I've noted any of the messages that go beyond "best wishes" or similar. To see the back in its entirety simply follow the source link and click the arrow to flip the object. 

So, happy early St. Patrick's Day!


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Postmarked 1932. Source



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Unwritten and unmailed. Source



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Unwritten and unsent. Source




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Postmarked 1932. Source



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"Dear Charley, hope all will come out alright with you. My doctor is an ideal man takes a great interest in me and is most kind. Does Douglass tell you can special news? Our big dog often makes the post-man afraid to [?] so maybe he kept [?]'s letters". No date.   Source



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Unwritten and unsent. Source



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"To my Star in the East I write these lines, for her heart is true to me, and from her soul a bright light shines, to guide and strengthen me." 1909. Source



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Unwritten and unsent. Source



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Postmarked 1932. Source



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Unwritten and unsent. Source



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Unwritten and unsent--though, strangely, printed on the back above the message section it says: "This space may be used for inland and foreign communication except to the United States, Japan, and Spain (Post Office Regulation)."  Source



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Postmarked 1932. Source



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Unwritten and unsent. Source


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Postmarked 1913. Source



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Unwritten and unsent. Source



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"Top o' the mornin' to ye Willie. St. Patrick told me to send you this. Don't forget to kiss the Blarney stone." (postmark date illegible). Source



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Unwritten and unsent. Source



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"Don't  make soap bubbles with this pipe." Postmarked 1910. Source



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Postmarked 1909. Source



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Unwritten and unmailed, though labelled "postcard" in a dozen languages. Source



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Postmarked 1910. Source



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To a Mr. O'Flaherty "Best wishes from Dutch mother in law".  Not postmarked. Source



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"Do you think you are ever going back think of me if you are. Good-by." Postmarked 1917. Source


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