Friday, December 30, 2011

a blithe new year to thee

Happy almost New Year to you!  I love the new year. I'm not sure why. I'm not really one of those people to think of my life in terms of that was a good year or that was a bad year. I just love the idea of a fresh start and a new clean calendar ahead of me. I really like the quiet grey days of January. They're like white space and after the crowded Fall and Christmas time, the simpleness of January seems wonderful.

Anyway, I hope that you have a fantastic New Years. Here is a postcard from my collection from New Years 1912.


1912 pc back

And here is one that is so pretty and non-traditional with a lovely little poem on it. There's no marking on the back, so unsure of the year, but I am guessing it is from around the same time.


Today is Friday and that means Postcard Friendship Friday, so you can head over to the blog The Best Hearts are Crunchy and see a list of other blogs participating in postcard  posts today - as well as a great run down on New Years Eve traditions in other cultures.   Happy 2012!!

Friday, December 23, 2011

having a good time

Christmas is almost here. I hope you all have some fun planned for the next few days, whether you celebrate Christmas or not. The rest of our small family has arrived in town and we shall now embark on the festivities. I have a pie in the oven and that is one of my last Christmas tasks.

Here is my final Christmas postcard for you. I am not a big collector of Santa Claus cards, but I like the uniqueness of this one and the sentiment. It was sent on Dec 24th, 1914 from Wattsburg, PA to Harborcreek, PA - a distance of about 18 miles.  See below for message on postcard

santa postcard from 1914

Dear Cousins,

Many thanks for my new mittens. I have a very bad cold 
so I don't feel very well. I hope Santa will bring you lots 
of nice things for Xmas.
Your cousin,

Happy Holidays to you all! Thank you for following this blog. 

Monday, December 19, 2011

greeting cards have all been sent....

Well, maybe yours haven't. There is totally still time. I just love The Carpenters song that that line comes from.

I've gotten some really nice Christmas Cards this year from friends. I got these two from a seller at the postcard club on Saturday. These seem to be from the WWII era. They're on the small side and so pretty.

I think it's neat how the person saved the unmarked stamp inside this Santa's Stable card.

Santa in the Stable Greeting card

inside santa's stable card

Snowman Christmas Card

inside Snowman card

Well, here it is the last week before Christmas. I did some baking today and am wrapping things up (ha! literally).  Hope things are all the preparations are going good for you.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

our finest collection

Christmas Greeting Cards

I like this postcard from 1958 advertising the assortment of Christmas cards this supplier has to offer. I could have sworn I had another one, but I can't find it. I really need to reorganize my postcards. Maybe in the new year.

Here is the message on the back of the postcard:

I scanned a bunch of vintage Christmas tags and made them available for you to download and print on your color printer at home. You can find them on the PonyBoy Press blog.

 I just used some today and they look pretty good. This is one of my favorites. Very White Christmas. I do love that movie, don't you?

Thursday, December 8, 2011

lacey christmas wishes

I like how this Christmas postcard from 1912 recreates the look of a lace doily. Very intricate and pretty.

This was sent from what looks like Nebraska to Portland Oregon on December 18, 1912.

Dear Cousins,
The pkg. for yourself and Ethel rec'd in fine condition, which Flora and I are very thankful, will give Lucy hers at Xmas time, I am not able to do any writing or I would write you a letter, but would be pleased to get one from you. I can only do certain things with my arm, will not be able to come my hair for some time yet.  With love to all, from your Aunt E Loomis

Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? I am seeing emails that say "last minute presents" and it's freaking me out. I just got started. The holiday season goes by so fast.

I did a little post on the PonyBoy Press blog about using copies of old family photos for Christmas tags. You an also use copies of your favorite Christmas postcards and cards. Here are a few I made just now.

Some new Christmas and New Years items added to the shop, including a beautiful handmade card from 1915.

Monday, December 5, 2011

small packages

I am always enchanted by little Christmas cards. Most of these are about 4" x 2.5".

Below is a very sweet small card from 1910. This is for sale in my Etsy shop. Just listed.

This is an actual Real Photo Postcard. It was done on a Brownie and is called a Brownie Souvenir. It's hard to tell here, but it is a little card. I love seeing the old Christmas trees. This is Edwin and Wayne's Christmas Tree from 1912.

Below are two more pretty small Christmas cards. Lots of Christmas cards added to the shop recently. New Years cards will be coming soon.  Please like us on facebook to see all the new listings.