Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas 1912

I have some fun cards to share with you today.  We were watching Antique Road Show the other night on T.V. and there was a man who had a binder full of post cards from the early 1900's that was appraised at $5000.00.  They were in pristine condition and just beautiful.  That sparked a thought in my mind and I got up and went down the hall to retrieve the box of cards my Grandfather had saved... 


1 cent post cards were very popular in the early 1900's.  This is a Christmas postcard received by my grandmother Estella Fisher Hunnicutt in 1912.  I scanned these and have the back too.


I believe she was born in 1903, so she would have been 9 years old when she received this card.  She died in 1933 from a brain aneurism when my Dad was 6 years old.


I'm not sure of the date on this one, some are easier to see the dates than others.  Scanning them actually made a lot of the post mark dates easier to read.



My cards are not in pristine condition, but I think they're a real family treasure and very inspiring to me as a card maker.


This one in person is a lot more interesting, it's a hologram and changes and sparkles when you tilt it this way and that.  The date on the bottom front is 1908.  

I have an old dress shirt box full of my Grandmother's post cards, I'll share more later.  There are some wonderful Valentine's and other occasions cards. 

Have a blessed day!

13 comments:

Bonnie Weiss said...

What wonderful keepsakes those post cards are and to see the handwritten notes ... priceless.

Sharon in Arizona said...

WOW - I love to look at old post cards and cards. I know my grandmother had boxes, but my mother and aunts threw them away when she died. If I had been there I would have carted them all home and had a wonderful time going through them. She taught elementary school for many years, so I know she had LOTS of Christmas cards. Thanks for sharing, Jan. Big Hugs, Sharon :o)

Krystil said...

Those are great Jan! I love how it's addressed Diller, Nebr. No street name or anything.

CRAZYCRAFTSHED said...

Fabulous keepsakes Jan,wishing you and Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year
Hugs Dianne xx :)

Lisa Jane said...

oh wow these are fabulous - thank so much for sharing
Lisa x

Paula S. said...

Beautiful Jan! I love vintage cards and paper ephemera in general. I have have often read the notes of strangers on old postcards and they conjure up faces and places in my imagination. How fabulous that these are cards that were written by your family! Thanks so much for sharing these. I look forward to seeing more of your collection. Merry Christmas Jan!

jimlynn said...

WOW Jan! These are fantastic and wonderful treasures!
Lynn

Cora said...

Such a treasure. Thanks for sharing. Maybe I will get a couple of things that were sent to me when I was little and post them

Robin said...

those are wonderful, thanks for sharing! I have been into vintage looking cards this season, nothing like the real thing :)

Carol L said...

What a wonderful box of memories you have with these postcards from your grandmother! I just LOVE how easy it was to send mail back then, with only a name, town and state! No address, no zip codes.........I find that simply amazing!! TFS these gems with us Jan - I really enjoyed seeing these!

Edwina said...

These are beautiful1 Can we save them to use later? I love vintage items. Thank you for sharing them Edwina Brown edwinabrown@comcast.net

Laura said...

How awesome is that. They are beautiful.Tfs

NanaConnie said...

Jan, these are wonderful! I'm so glad you shared them with us and look forward to seeing others in the future. Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year,