Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

There’s always that one card that arrives so late…! This card features a photograph of a beautiful building shaded by large trees. As it turns out, it is The Collonade Club at the University of Virginia. This particular university is so important to American history because it was designed by Thomas Jefferson as an “academical …

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The two sides of this card are similar to one another, and at first I didn’t realize there were two distinct images. But there are white flowers and pink flowers, both carrying the sentiment Wishing you a happy new year. Again, there is no place to write a note and no makers mark. It is …

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This card is far prettier in hand than on screen. It is a two sided affair, and pressed between the two cards is a fine silk fringe. Each side is similar to the other, with a pastoral scene surrounded by branches, and very fine white glitter on the snowy parts of the images which as …

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A very pretty¬†card brings to mind the art deco and arts & crafts movements that were popular in the 1920s. It features a red brick house at night with stars behind it, flanked by burning candles that give off a blue and green glow. The card is gilded and lightly embossed. The card was not …

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A girl stands at the door, waiting to come in out of the cold. The sentiment is May Christmas be lavish / with good gifts / And the New Year be / generous with glad / days! As we learned yesterday, Sciota is a very small town in Illinois, and this card was addressed to …

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A simple card from 1923, plainly decorated with silver metallic embossing. It shows a house in the snow and carries the sentiment Christmas Wishes / for / Peace, Contentment / and / Cheerfulness. The card was trimmed at the upper edge, or has been damaged over time, I’m not quite sure. It was addressed to …

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