I’m always thrilled to learn that I’m not the only one in the world who loves historic postcards, and I’ve met so many postcard lovers that I’m dedicating this month’s List Link to December Holiday Postcards! (Although there were not a lot of Hanukkah postcards out there and I couldn’t find any for Kwanzaa—which began in 1966.)
Be sure to read all the way to the bottom because I’ve included lots of lagniappe.
New York Public Library
Often the back side is included, so you can see the actual messages between people.
- Christmas General – Artists and illustrators represented in the collection include Ellen Clapsaddle, Frances Brundage, and Maud Humphrey, among others. Practically every festive motif of the holiday calender is depicted: idyllic winter scenes, Easter eggs, holly, decorative initials and borders, horseshoes, shamrocks, chicks, cupids, cherubs, four-leaf clovers, turkeys, and bushels of bouquets of posies.
- Foreign Christmas postcards
- Religious Christmas postcards
- Santa Christmas postcards
- New Year
Simon Fraser University
These postcards are for sale and the selection includes lots of commercially-oriented vintage cards.
A free database of antique postcards. Every card in this database was published by the now defunct Raphael Tuck & Sons. Raphael Tuck & Sons was the world’s largest postcard publisher. The images used span the entire globe and offer a unique visual history of life in the late 19th and early 20th century.
These postcards are for sale
- 50 Antique Christmas Cards from 100+ Years Ago
- 57 Victorian Christmas Cards That Are As Creepy As Those Times Themselves
- Christmas Postcards from the Kenneth Spencer Research Library, KU Libraries
- Emotions Greetings Cards Museum Christmas Gallery – Learn about Postcard and Greeting Card Collecting, Terminology, Postcard History Time Line.
- Season’s Greetings from the Night Watchman – late-19th century Valencia, Spain, with season’s greetings from a night watchman. Public workers delivered their aguinaldos (season’s greetings) and received a small bonus or tip in exchange. (via the Library of Congress)
- Vintage French Christmas Postcards – Making the Vintage French Christmas Postcards could not be easier! You just have to download, print and cut them and then decide on how to use them on your beautiful Christmas presents or your home decor.
Ana Brazil writes historical crime fiction celebrating bodacious American heroines. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, the Historical Novel Society, and a founding member of Paper Lantern Writers.
Ana’s award-winning historical mystery FANNY NEWCOMB & THE IRISH CHANNEL RIPPER is set in Gilded Age New Orleans. Her upcoming October 17 2023 release is THE RED-HOT BLUES CHANTEUSE, a Viola Vermillion Vaudeville mystery set in 1919 San Francisco.