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Sunday, May 25, 2008

Vintage post cards

My mom isn't the type of person to treasure *things*. She taught us to value people and relationships above everything else. However, she just happens to be the proud owner of over a hundred vintage post cards. Most of them are from her grandmother's friends and are dated between 1911-1914. They were sent with a penny postage to addresses such as Irene, Buffalo, NY. No street address, no zip code. Can you imagine that?

A large percentage of the postcards are Valentine's Day greetings, but there are dozens for each holiday too. New Years, Easter, Spring, Memorial Day, July 4th, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. I can remember looking through my mom's album as a little girl. Sometimes she would display a few around the family room during Valentine's Day. But mostly they were stashed away in an album for safe keeping. She told me that at one point her dad was "cleaning out garbage" and put boxes and boxes of stuff out to the curb. He called her to say if there was anything she wanted, she'd better get it before the garbage truck came. She jumped in the car and salvaged many boxes of old family photos and all the postcards. Whew! That was a close call!

I know she loves them and likes the connection they have to her family. The past few years I've been after her to display some of them. Instead, she told me to pick out some from her collection. I have sets for Valentine's Day, Easter, Spring, Halloween/Thanksgiving and Christmas/New Years that I switch out. I just got around to swapping them out this week.

One of the postcards message said:
Dear Friend Irene,
I received your card and was glad to hear from you. How are you
getting along? We are all well. I got a lot of things for
Christmas. Did you? We had no school this week on account of bad
weather. What grade are you in? I am in 4th grade.
From Maybelle



Anonymous said...

That is so cool...what a neat way to display them. I would be so bad at changing those out though....

Lisa said...

That is so neat. The address reminds me of my small town where you could put the address as something like: "house across the street with a red door" and it would get there.

Jane said...

I love that display! I too like to swap things out seasonally. Those postcards are a treasure! So glad your mom rescued them!


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