During the early 20th century, postcards were a most popular method of communication, with just enough room to write a little note to a friend, family member, lover or neighbor. They were so popular that millions of cards crossed through the mails.
Reproduced from an original postcard, this delightful and affordable greeting card features Father Time with a Winter Child, the moon-like clock face and an hour class sifting from one year to the next - all in front of a bush of mistletoe.
Most commonly, we find Father Time accompanied by a baby. With the Winter Child, the card suggests that it be used for Christmas and the New Year.
Inside, it reads:
Couldn't let the season slip by
without sending you holiday wishes.
On the back of the card is the image of the message on the original postcard (see our second photo). You can see that the original card was embossed as were many cards at the time. It was sent from Danville, California on December 22, 1913 at 10 am. It is addressed to:
Mr. Richard Brune
1586 Cambridge St
The message read:
To you my heartiest
Helen H. Jackson
Take note that Helen uses the word "heartiest" rather than the commonplace "hardiest." Perhaps she was sending an affection note to her love. At least, we'd like to think so.
The great news is that you can still find vintage postcards - maybe you'll make greeting cards of your own.
This modern reproduction greeting card measures 5 inches by 7 inches and arrives with an appropriate white envelope.