Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

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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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 …

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This pretty post card from the 1900s shows a pot of flowers on a gilded background, all upon a green ombre card. Ombre is the style of fading from one shade to another, or one color to another. The sentiment is A Joyful Christmas. The reverse of the card shows us that it was not …

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This is an unmailed postcard from around the 1900s. It is heavily embossed and gilded, and shows a bouquet of holly tied with a red bow. The gilding on the holly looks copper rather than golden. The small pine cones are also gilded with the copper color. The card was printed in Germany by B. …

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Printed by Davidson Bros Pictoral Post Cards, this card was printed in Germany. The scanning process negates the metallic sheen of the border, which is silver, and the inside border is gold. It shows a lovely church scene with a road & snow, and two people standing in the road. A sprig of holly accents …

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This pretty, silvered card brings the wish of A Merry Christmas, brought by an angel ringing bells, surrounded by holly and ribbons. The cherub is alone in her quest to ring in the holiday, but my guess is, still successful. The card was mailed in December 1909, but due to the heavy embossing, the postmark …

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