So I was overjoyed to discover them in an unlabeled envelope that was in a plastic photo organizer that was in a box of collage materials that was in a drawer.
[be sure to click on images to see these beauties in more detail!]
There are Christmas cards:
So much detail for such tiny pieces of paper:
Musical instruments made an occasional appearance as well.
Many postcards had a tiny landscape included among the other images.
Most of these were actually mailed, and have illegible postmarks on their one-cent stamps. The messages are necessarily brief, and always make me wonder about the things that were left unwritten.
On a greeting sent to Miss Amy Beaumont in Portal, North Dakota, Nov. 1910:
· Hello There – I am healing good. It is cold enough. Jo Sherman home. I have not been up that way all summer. I suppose everything is at the same. From a Friend, Albert Petersen
On a Christmas card to Miss Mabel Buchholtz in Bloomington, Illinois, Dec 21, 1921:
· Merry Xmas and Happy New Year, From Miss Eva Tansley, Melvin Ill. (Write Soon!)
On a greeting sent to Miss Clara Vaughn of Helena, Montana, Jul 14, 1911:
· Dear Clara, We rec’d a “Star” containing your speech and gave you credit for sending it. We are proud of your success. The babies are having measles, Miriam just over it and Oakley D just taking it. Where will you teach this fall? – Edith Lutes
Other cards must have been simply handed to the recipient, because there is no address or stamp. Simple messages are written in pencil:
· From Grandma Robbing to Esther – Jan 1, 1912
· To Carl from Mayme on his 26th birthday 1914. Wish you a Happy Birthday.
I just have two of these beautifully colored French postcards.
Finally, the star of the collection – a nine-page foldout souvenir postcard set from Cuba.
The front (above) and back (below) covers of the postcard booklet. The postage stamp was removed at some point – no doubt extremely collectible in itself.
The sender dated her luncheon at the Country Club of Havana to Jan. 31, 1926, so I can date the postcards to the 1920s or earlier.
I treasure this view into the old Cuba that was “The Summerland of the World” according to the little blurb in the booklet; and where “gem-like Havana” could be reached via “a delightful sea-voyage of 5 ½ hours from Key West.”
P.s. The postcards are now in a labeled box on a shelf. I’m not putting myself through that again.