Bonne Année — Happy New Year
I especially like this French New Year postcard because it is a postcard showing a postcard.
The postcard (Carte Postale) held by the lady has the greeting “Le gui est un Porte-Bonheur” (Mistletoe is a lucky charm). Mistletoe frames the top half of the card. It is hard to tell what the lady is holding, but it is probably a small bunch of mistletoe.
The shield near the bottom has this greeting in French:
S’il est vrai qu’il porte bonheur
C’est avec joie que je l’adresse
J’y tous les vœux de mon cœur
Mes baisers et mille tendresses.
Translation (courtesy of Google):
If it is true that it carries happiness (is lucky)
It is with joy that I address
I wish you all my heart
My kisses and a thousand tendernesses.
Bonne Année — Happy New Year
This postcard has an unusual design on the address side. Father Time is showing a young boy a book with the dates 1902 and 1903 on adjacent pages. The book is resting on a cornucopia overflowing with packages labeled HAPPINESS, HEALTH, SUCCESS, and CONTENT.
The other side of the postcard announced that the New Year’s number of the Boys’ World weekly paper would be given out in Sunday School on Sunday January 4, 1903. Boys’ World was one of several Christian papers published by David C. Cook Publishing Co. The paper was described as “a large, four-column, eight-page, illustrated paper, printed in colors . . . full of stories, incidents, and news on subjects in which boys are interested.”
The David C. Cook Publishing Co. sold a wide variety of Sunday School supplies. Their large 1908 Annual Catalogue is online here. Page 13 of that catalogue has an image of a Boy’s World issue. At that time it was stated that “It is less than six years since the Boys’ World and the Girls’ Companion were started. They now go to more than a million readers.”
The catalogue had a variety of types of post cards: holiday, teachers’, bible text, birthday, cradle roll, and presidential. Christmas Novelty post cards on page 76 included letters from Santa and hold-to-lights. The Presidential Post Cards were sold in a set of 25, one card for each President, tied with red, white, and blue ribbon.
Here’s a health to all those that I love
Here’s a health to all those that love me
Here’s a health to all those
that love them that love those
That love those, that love them that love me.
This postcard was published by Raphael Tuck and is signed by artist Geo. Mason. The online Tuck Database lists four cards here in this Christmas Series No. C. 177 of Old Time Character Studies. Three of the cards are pictured, all showing men with drinking vessels in hand. This is the only one shown that includes a verse on the card. These postcards were first used in 1907.
This postcard shows a calendar of December 1911. It is part of a monthly calendar series used for advertising. The name of the advertiser, Goldberg Bowen & Co., appears at the bottom of the front and with the advertising message on the back. Goldberg Bowen & Co. was an early San Francisco, California grocery company. The postcard is Copyright 1910 by Johnston Dienstag Ayres, S.F., a well known advertising agency. It was published by Edward H. Mitchell, San Francisco, California.
The front of the postcard tells about the month of December and its name:
In the Roman calendar this was the tenth month, the Latin word for ten being Decem. It was a month of Festivals, the principal one being the Feast of Saturnalia, when all work ceased and everyone, even the slaves, celebrated, without restraint.
The back of the postcard has suggestions for remembering friends at Christmas with the “good things” you can get from Goldberg, Bowen & Co.
This old French postcard has greetings for both Easter and April 1. The left side of the card has the words Joyeuses Pâques (Happy Easter) and an Easter egg. The right side has the words Premier Avril (First of April) and a fish. “April fish” is a tradition in France and some other countries. The tradition includes attempting to attach a paper fish to someone’s back without being noticed.
The postmark on this postcard appears to be 30 – 3 07. Easter fell on March 31 in 1907, so it would have been appropriate to combine greetings for Easter and April 1.
Vermont is the leading maple syrup-producing state in the country, producing about 41 percent of the United States’ maple syrup. The maple sugaring process has been illustrated on many postcards, most of which are from Vermont. These postcards are mainly form the 1950s and 1960s.
Methods similar to those shown on the postcards were used for a century following the Civil War, and some syrup is still produced using methods like these. However, there are newer less labor-intensive methods also with high tech processing equipment and tubing systems that take the sap directly from the tree to the sugarhouse.