Hi everyone! I have some pretty vintage Christmas post cards to share with you today. These 3.5″ x 5.5″ little pieces of art have been collected almost from the moment they became popular at the turn of the 20th century. They can be bought, sometimes for pennies at garage sales or auctions, or for as little as a dollar at antique shops. Enjoy them in albums or use them in crafts of all kinds–bunting, tags, and Christmas ornaments, for example. At the end of the post, I’ll give you links to two PDF files containing most of the cards I’ll be showing you today. Feel free to download them and print them onto photographic paper (I recommend matte finish). Send them to friends with a note or use them in some amazing craft. Be sure to send me a photo of your project if you do. I’d love to share it on the blog.
Who can resist a chubby bird? Not me. This card dates to the 1920’s. Collectors often gravitate toward a particular theme, like birds, or holiday, like Christmas. Halloween and war-related cards can be extremely sought after with prices reaching $100 and beyond.
Santa post cards are always popular, but it’s the older Santa cards, especially those printed in Germany that have the highest values. Look for Santa’s wearing outfits in any color other than red. Mine dates to about the 1920’s. I love the clock behind Santa.
These cards with babies on them are sweet, but a bit odd, don’t you think? Printed in Bavaria (Germany) and distributed in New York and London, they date to about the turn of the century.
Pretty Christmas bells, printed in Rochester, NY, likely around the turn of the century.
The image of the shepherds guarding their flocks is the closest thing to a nativity scene that I have. Very nicely designed, likely from about the 30’s.
This card brings home the ultimate “reason for the season” by referencing the cross that Jesus would of course face much later in life. It was printed in 1907.
An lastly, a charming New Year’s card filled with my favorite chubby birds. It’s beautifully embossed and likely dates to about the 1910’s.
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