A Vintage Christmas

On this eve of Christmas Eve, enjoy a choice selection of turn-of-the-century Christmas postcards from the Paleogreetings archive!

 A nice Rotograph-published photo postcard circa 1906.

A nice Rotograph-published photo postcard circa 1906.

 French-made card ca. 1908 (love the cotton snowman!).

French-made card ca. 1908 (love the cotton snowman!).

 Austrian-made card ca. 1905. The somewhat "otherworldly" colors of this and other contemporaneous European cards results from hand-coloration of a black & white original.

Austrian-made card ca. 1905. The somewhat "otherworldly" colors of this and other contemporaneous European cards results from hand-coloration of a black & white original.

 A beautiful & ethereal reindeer real photo postcard, either Danish or Norwegian in make ca. 1915.

A beautiful & ethereal reindeer real photo postcard, either Danish or Norwegian in make ca. 1915.

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 Real photo postcard, ca. 1910 and likely delivered by hand (or possibly enclosed in an envelope, perhaps due to the sensitive medical nature of the content!): "Dear Troise [?] - Have been sick for about 2 mo ( nervous breakdown ). Just able to crawl around a little. Now Lucy is in bed with tonsillitis. Wonder how you all are. I will try and write you again. However we all write in sending love and best wishes for a Happy New Year. To All Lovingly, Your Irene."  Hope your Christmas goes a bit better than this person's did!

Real photo postcard, ca. 1910 and likely delivered by hand (or possibly enclosed in an envelope, perhaps due to the sensitive medical nature of the content!): "Dear Troise [?] - Have been sick for about 2 mo (nervous breakdown). Just able to crawl around a little. Now Lucy is in bed with tonsillitis. Wonder how you all are. I will try and write you again. However we all write in sending love and best wishes for a Happy New Year. To All Lovingly, Your Irene."

Hope your Christmas goes a bit better than this person's did!

 

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Merry Christmas to all you postcard fiends out there!