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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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 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 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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