Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

Mrs Deerdorff

A serene view of a house in the snow

There are always those cards that show up after Christmas, and sometimes they carry heartfelt messages that help to carry the holiday spirit forward. In our mad rush to get to the next big thing, our contemporaries can sometimes forget that the holiday is meant to last beyond December 25th. In some religions, the Christmas season begins on December 25th and runs through Advent – the true twelve days of Christmas. It would be good to bring this tradition out of the religions and into the mainstream, so we could keep those good Christmas feelings of peace, joy and love going for a few more days.

This card carries a poetical sentiment: I wish you a Christmas vision bright / Of a world re-made and clothed in light. / May Truth and Love banish all gloom / And the flowers of Hope sweetly bloom.


The card was mailed in 1921, and the reverse shows us a lot of interesting details. It carries a 1921 Christmas Seal in the top left corner. Christmas Seals originated in 1907 with the American Lung Association’s fight against tuberculosis. The fight against tuberculosis was gaining skill but losing funding, and $300 was needed to help keep a small hospital open. Emily Bissell designed the very first Christmas Seal, which eventually was endorsed by President Roosevelt, and she and her volunteers raised well over the stated goal. The stamps were sold at the post office for 1 penny a piece, and were not only a way to raise money, but awareness for the program. Since that time, Christmas Seals and the American Lung Association have expanded their efforts to address asthma, lung cancer, and other lung diseases. The stamp itself is probably valuable to collectors.

The card was sent to Mrs Deerdorff at 415 N 7th Street, Paducah, KY, and was mailed by Carrie C at 919 Summerfield Ave, Asbury Park, NJ. Carrie said “To wish you a happy Xmas and a glad New year.”

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