Thursday, December 23, 2010

Let's All Have a Holly Jolly!

I was considerably underwhelmed by the Christmas card choices available in most places this year.  

Sure, there are lots of specialty cards (including greetings purportedly from the family pets) and lots of both funny ha-ha and funny peculiar cards. There were cards with recorded music, including those with the voices of singers who left the planet years ago, plus lots of political and risque cards.

It made me realize just how good the fancy old (1890s - 1905s) Christmas postcards actually were.  Here's a few from the batch of postcards in the Jonathan Sheppard Books "general antiquarian - ephemera book fair" stock for your holiday amusement.  All are of U.S. origin and from the period above. 

Best of all, none of them sing at you...


PURPLE ROBED SANTAS ON SKATES ARE RARE!
PLEASANTLY IDYLLIC, RIGHT?


WE TEND NOT TO BE VISITED BY THE CHRISTMAS ROBIN MUCH


AT LEAST THE ANGEL DECORATES OUR TREE EVERY YEAR!

Enjoy the Holidays!

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