Today I thought that I'd share my collection of vintage Christmas postcards
these are the fruits of many years of scouring antique fairs
and most of them only cost me a dollar or two.
There ARE scarcer, more expensive ones out there. I just haven't bought any .
Most of mine are from the US, a few are English, a couple appear to be German and one at least is Norwegian. Not a single one was printed in Australia, so I suppose that will have to remain my Holy Grail. I don't even know if they produced them in Australia during the Edwardian period, which is when most of mine date from.
and you might want to click and enlarge for a closer look at some of the graphics.
There's the expected holly, ivy and poinsettia, but quite a few feature subjects that don't strike a modern eye as particularly festive ... pansies for example ... or violets ... a stylish Gibson girl ... kittens with roses
I especially like the ones that have postage cancellations [ dates are always good. It puts things in context. ] and faded, spidery copperplate writing.
One hundred years ago, Amelia wished Molly in Minneapolis " very merry & happy Xmas times"
I wish you all the same