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Archive for December, 2010

In February 2010, I wrote a blog article about wind-up toys or Jack in the Boxes.  My illustration of this toy, on a vintage postcard, was in the form of Santa Claus.  I was delighted when I found this vintage postcard, to have an unusual depiction of Santa Claus.  I’m even more delighted now as I have found a second postcard in this series, no. 288.

Vintage Christmas Postcard of a Santa in the Box Toy

Vintage Christmas Postcard of a Santa in the Box Toy

This second postcard didn’t provide any clue as to the age of this series, but it did yield other clues.  I now know each postcard in this series will most likely have a Santa in the Box, and a wreath garland shown at top plus long stemmed candy cane.  I can’t wait to find the remaining four in this series!

** Be sure to stop by the blog, The Best Hearts Are Crunchy, to view the many postcards shared on Postcard Friendship Friday.

(Don’t forget to check out the additional Christmas postcard links activated on my Postcard Advent Calendar.)

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I decided I needed a little reminder that winter doesn’t last forever.  You see, 17 plus inches of snow just fell over this past weekend in my part of the world.  Brrrrr.  I guess this ice box like, extremely chilly weather is what I get for living in west-central Wisconsin.  Drifts are high enough to prevent getting the Christmas tree out of the shed.  Oh well.  At least my family won’t be able to tease me about leaving it up until March.  Below is a little reminder that spring will come (eventually, sigh).

Woolson Spice Victorian trade card advertising Lion's Coffee

Woolson Spice Victorian trade card advertising Lion's Coffee

(incredible lithography and gorgeous Foxglove flowers)

** More great flower postcards in many varieties and colors, plus Victorian trade cards for sale in my store, Remember When Vintage Postcards.

** Don’t forget to check out the latest Christmas postcard on my Postcard Advent Calendar.

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Puzzle cards were a type of novelty victorian trade card used in late 19th century advertising to capture and keep a potential customer’s attention.  Puzzle cards differed from other novelty trade cards in that they required more effort and concentration by customers.  Below is an example of a puzzle card with hidden pictures.

Carters Backache Plasters Puzzle Trade Card

Carters Backache Plasters Puzzle Trade Card: see if you can find an elephant, monkey, giraff, bear, dog, wild boar, 2 camels, wolf, 2 rats, face, lion, lioness, and tapir.

TIP:  Hidden Picture Trade Cards with color images are scarce.  Also look for hidden picture trade cards with unusual hidden objects like “nigger eating watermelon” or “fat man on roller skates”.

** You can find more victorian trade cards with great advertising and graphics in my store, Remember When Vintage Postcards.

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Vintage Christmas Postcard, Sled Girls

Vintage Christmas Postcard printed in Germany

“Hello cousin Martha,
How you getting along.  I am well.  Martha(,) Santa Claus is coming soon.  you better be good or he will take you along.  Best Regards from Tillie to all(.)  answer soon.  tell your Momma that she write me a letter ore (or) Postal Card.  I like my place awful good.
Tillie Salger, 2015 Walnut Street, Murphysloo, Ill”

Boy, this vintage postcard message missed its intended purpose by a mile.  I certainly wouldn’t be threatened by the possibility that Santa Claus would “take me along”.  I’d probably be bad on purpose.  Can you imagine riding in Santa Claus’ sleigh?  Or seeing his reindeer?

The other thing I noticed in this postcard message was Tillie used “Postal Card” rather than postcard.  Maybe that was the accepted name for this type ephemera back then.

** More great antique and vintage Christmas postcards available in my store, Remember When Vintage Postcards.

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The Advent calendar is used to count down the days of Advent (the period of preparation for the celebration of the nativity of Jesus) in anticipation of Christmas.  Its use was a practice started by German Lutherans as early as the beginning of the 19th century.

As a German Lutheran, I would like to continue this practice.  Starting December 1st I will be activating a link each day, thru December 25th, on the below advent calendar of Santa Claus.  When you click on the link, you will be taken to an antique or vintage Christmas postcard I have listed in my store, Remember When Vintage Postcards.  Purchase is nice, but not required.  I only ask that you enjoy each Christmas postcard as it is revealed.  (intro courtesy of my ‘2009 advent calendar blog post)

Dec. 01
Dec. 02
Dec. 03 Dec. 04          
Dec. 05 Dec. 06 Dec. 07        
  Dec. 08 Dec. 09      
    Dec. 10 Dec. 11 Dec. 12  
    Dec. 13 Dec. 14 Dec. 15  
    Dec. 16 Dec. 17 Dec. 18  
OOOOOO OOOOO OOOOO OOOOO OOOOOO
OOOOOO OOOOO OOOOO OOOOO OOOOOO
  XXXXXXX Dec. 19   Dec. 20 XXXXXXX
  XXXXXXX   Dec. 21   XXXXXXX
  XXXXXXX Dec. 22 Dec. 23 Dec. 24 XXXXXXX
  XXXXXXX XXXXXXX Dec. 25 XXXXXXX XXXXXXX
    XXXXXXX XXXXXXX XXXXXXX  
    XXXXXXX XXXXXXX XXXXXXX  
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Merry Christmas (and Happy Holidays) from Remember When Vintage Postcards!

If you want to return to this Advent Calendar to reveal the antique or vintage postcards behind the remaining days counting down to Christmas, please bookmark this blog post.

** Be sure to stop by the blog, The Best Hearts Are Crunchy, to view the many postcards shared on Postcard Friendship Friday.

I also wouldn’t mind your sharing this blog post with friends and family; especially those interested in antiques and collectibles (hint).  If you repost/mention it on your blog or other social bookmarking platform, please remember to give me credit as all images/text are copyrighted.

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