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Come January, Christmas cards usually go straight from the mantel to the trash, but not all season's greetings count as clutter. Certain kinds of correspondence can in fact be sold for cold, hard cash. If you stumble upon a big box of holiday cards at an estate sale, flea market, or even your own attic, here's what to look for in terms of finding the big bucks.
The Wiregrass Archives has just received a found collection scavenged from the curb that contains a number of Christmas cards dating from toall sent to the same Alabama resident. With just a little bit of experience, you can see that they are fairly specific to the artwork common to their era, and that styles and themes changed over these tumultuous three decades. This postcard shares a number of artistic themes of its day, such as the beaux-arts holly on the blue candles and the particular style of the light rays.
I was with my 80 year old mother, and she was going through some boxes of things saved by her own mother, who was born in and lived in Iowa. There were a number of Christmas cards in the box, and seeing the graphic design and style of these cards - most of which were from the early s - I thought they were worth sharing here. It's an interesting historical look at what Christmas cards looked like almost years ago. Here's a view of some of the s vintage Christmas cards that I found that used to belong to my grandmother.
Recently I started collecting vintage Christmas cards, and decided, like many of my other ephemera collections, I should share them with you! Perhaps this will be another Christmas time tradition on the blog, as my collection grows. I hope you enjoyed this little collection!
Bing Crosby playing softly in the background as snow falls gently. Little ones waking up at the crack of dawn to the smell of gingerbread pancakes. Yards and yards of wrapping paper and ribbon scattered across the living room floor.
I felt a little old fashioned standing in line at the post office, stack of cards in hand, waiting for my turn to buy Christmas stamps. I bought the ornament stamps, BTW. It seems that in this day and age, fewer and fewer people are sending out cards.
The practice of exchanging greeting cards has a very long history, but the modern Christmas card tradition really got its start in the s. Changes in postal services made it affordable for ordinary people to send each other cards, and developments in printing technologies gradually made it cheaper to produce cards commercially. Plus, Queen Victoria was doing it, which is how a surprising number of our modern Christmas traditions became popular.
Welcome to my first official Christmas blog post of the year! Start with blank Kraft greeting cards and envelopes in either white or brown. Print the vintage Christmas images provided at the end of this postcut them out, and glue them to the front of each card using Mod Podge. You can leave them as is or embellish the cards with buttons, ribbon, holiday scrapbook pieces like small poinsettias — you get the idea.