Sunday, December 4, 2011

Advent Calendar 2011 - Vintage Christmas Cards


Come walk down memory lane. Remember how excited you were to receive a Christmas card in the mail? What about the stash received during a school party? Did you display them around the house so everyone could see your treasures?

I have amassed many greeting cards over the years. Tucked away in a Tupperware container are Christmas, birthday and Mother's Day greetings from various friends and family. So you can imagine discovering this collection of cards was one of those rare treats.

They were discovered in a steamer trunk stored in the attic. Tucked away are items my husband's mother preserved for future generations. This collection of Christmas cards was inside his baby book. Doug was surprised and touched upon seeing such priceless mementos from his childhood.

The cards shown here are my personal favorites. The first two from my husband's aunt and parents are the most sentimental. The last two from his sister and a classmate were printed by early greeting card companies that no longer exist.

Thanks to my mother-in-law for preserving such a lovely part of my husband's life.


Card was from husband's Aunt Emma Naomi Ruth Shellabear dated Christmas, 1948


Card from husband's parents dated Christmas, 1950



Card to husband from his sister, Debbie dated Christmas, 1954
A Gibson Card.

In 1850 George Gibson, a Scottish engraver and printer, emigrated with his family to the United States. The company eventually diversified to print items for retail stores, such as stationery and Civil War prints, and in the 1880s it became a pioneer in the printing of Christmas cards.



Card husband received from classmate, dated Christmas 1955, Norcross Greeting Card Company

While researching the cards I found several sites on the history Christmas cards that were interesting:


The Great Idea Finder - Did you ever wonder who sent the first Christmas Card?

This post is a part of the Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories meme. Come share your Christmas memories, either for your personal journal or blog. Visit Geneabloggers to participate and to read others' posts on these topics.

1 comment:

  1. Deb, these are priceless! What a wonderful treasure that your mother-in-law preserved.

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