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

09 June, 2013

Birthdays by Postcard

Since we don't have a holiday for a while, let's dip into the New York Public Library holiday postcard collection with something for all seasons!

Also--this is a two-month overdue birthday post for my sister. Happy birthday!

Many of these are unwritten, or the message on the back is just another "happy birthday" or "many returns", which I haven't reproduced. If you follow the link to the NYPL site you can look at all the backs, too.

From the 1900s-1910s, with one exception. 


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Just signed "From Mother." Source



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Postmarked 1908. Source



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Unwritten. Source



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Postmarked 1909 or 1919, hard to tell. Source



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Postmarked 1907. Source



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Postmarked 1907. Source



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Greeting card verse standards were lower back in the day.Postmarked 1916.  Source



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1907. Source



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The days when swastikas were the kind of happy goodwill symbol you'd decorate birthday cards with. Source



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"Easter as well as birthday wishes accompany this card." Postmarked but year illegible. Source



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This one is actually addressed to the New York Public Library Picture Collection. "Dear sir, will you please extend picture [illegible] weeks thank you." [back in the day, the Picture Collection was like a library, you could borrow pics--I assume this is what that refers to]. Postmarked 1947 (though the card itself is almost certainly a couple decades older). Source



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Postmarked 1907. Source



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Postmarked 1910. Source



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"Dear Elsie, read your letter. Don't know if this card is to[sic] late for your birthday or not but I really didn't think about it before. hope you will excuse me this time. With best birthday wishes. I am as ever your friend Golda." Also written in the top left corner of the back: "This card isn't very nice but the best I could do around here." Source



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Unwritten. Source



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Postmkared 1912. Source


2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Loved the cards. I pretended all were sent to me for my birthday this week. My favorite is the one with the white bird and white roses. I used to have some cards like these that had been set to my mother in law.

Anna said...

Aw, what a sweet thought! Glad you enjoyed them!

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