Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

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 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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The reverse of this card indicates it was 1965. The girls Kathy & Karen are again in matching pajamas, and looking at a large decoration. It appears to have a small elf on it, and reminds me of a mistletoe ball my mother had. The girls are surrounded by pretty packages. The color printed card …

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Kathy and Karen Klein appear to be reading or singing from books, but this effect is called trompe l’oeil meaning “trick the eye.” The photograph is overlaid by the line art, making it look like the girls were caught in the act of singing or reading. The line art consists of the books, bells, holly, …

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This vintage post card is an example of the art deco styles that were popular in the early 20th century. It features a Madonna and child plus an additional angel, surrounded by holly and scroll work. The card was beautifully embossed and gilded. The card was not mailed. No manufacturer name is present, but the …

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