|1901 card to my great grandmother|
|1903 card to my grandmother|
Then there was the decision about what to write on the cards. Just Merry Christmas love Helen. Or Happy Christmas love Helen. Or just love Helen below the verse. Decisions, Decisions... When I had finally decided I sat down and very carefully, with pen and ink, and a blotter at hand wrote inside my allotted six cards. I asked my mother to address the envelopes for me though I did stick the stamps on.
|1890 card to my great grandmother|
My mother had learned the important Christmas card protocol from her mother and had her own card notebook. Her's was red. Just as her mother did, Mum agonized over the Christmas card list. Should she send a card to the nice lady around the corner who always had a smile & a wave? Of course the butcher, the milkman, the bread man and any other tradesman got a card, including the rubbish man. The rubbish man always got a bottle of beer with his card - supposedly because if he got a bottle of beer he wouldn't spill the rubbish!
|1898 card to my great grandmother|
|1899 tag to my great grandmother|
So you can see how cards looked in the late 19th century and early 20th century, very different to how they look today.
I am lucky to have these few precious items from times past. Thanks to Sharn White for reminding me of these Christmas memories.