The Month of December


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.

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Greetings for Easter and April 1


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.

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Maple Sugar Time in Vermont

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.


GATHERING THE SAP FOR THE FAMOUS VERMONT MAPLE SYRUP. Maple sugar making is one of the oldest agricultural enterprises in New England. For many years the production of maple sugar was an important part of the self-sustaining program found on every farm. The family’s yearly needs for sugar were thus supplied. Today, while maple syrup continues to be sold in many types, the principal sales are in syrup and candy form.


SUGARING IN VERMONT. In the early spring holes must be drilled into the maple trees and spouts inserted from which the sap bucket is hung. Then the wait begins for the warm days and freezing nights which cause the sap to run.




When winter finally releases its icy grip on the countryside, the first sign of spring is the gathering of maple sap. Shown here are trees being tapped and the sap being loaded for transport to the sugar house.




MAPLE SUGAR TIME. In the early spring the sap begins to flow. Ideal weather for good “runs” of sap is when there is thawing in the daytime and freezing during the night.




SAP BEING POURED INTO GATHERING TANK. Note the clear, watery consistency of the sap. It tastes sweet, testing from 1½ to 4 per cent sugar. This sugarbush has been cleared of scrub brush and small trees, and a tractor works fine here.


NEAR THE END OF THE RUN–VERMONT SUGAR ORCHARD IN LATE SPRING. Making Maple Syrup and Sugar during February and March of each year has become a tradition in Vermont. Here the trees have been tapped and the buckets hung. Now the sap is being collected and when boiled will produce pure Vermont Maple syrup and Sugar. Vermont has thousands of Sugar Orchards similar to this one in East Central Vermont.


Water boils off as steam and maple sap becomes thicker. After testing with thermometer or by hydrometer, it is drawn off as syrup, being continually replaced with fresh sap. This final boil is often done in separate finishing pans to better control the exact density.


Processed maple syrup is finally filtered through felt, special paper, or canton flannel. This strains out the niter, which is a crystalline salt or sugar sand, always contained in syrup. There are three grades of syrup.


To keep maple syrup fresh it is packaged in airtight sterilized containers. Fancy, or grade AA syrup is light amber in color with finest maple flavor. Grade A is medium amber with stronger flavor. Grade B is dark amber, possible cloudy, with strong flavor.

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International Women’s Day — March 8

March 8 is International Women’s Day.

In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation, and love towards women to a celebration for women’s economic, political, and social achievements. Started as a Socialist political event, the holiday blended the culture of many countries, primarily in Europe, especially those in the Soviet Bloc. (Wikipedia)

March 8 has been an official holiday in Russia and an occasion when postcard greetings were popular. Here is a sampling of some of the March 8 International Women’s Day postcards. These date from the 1960s to the 1980s. Most are in the Russian language, but some postcards were published in languages of other Soviet countries. Flowers were the most popular motif and appear on nearly every card in some form. I think that the most interesting cards are ones that have flowers in combination with women and/or children. Some cards have an international theme with a globe or peoples of various countries. Cute animals have also appear on some March 8 postcards.

International Women's Day postcard

8 Марта – Международный женский денъ: 8 March – International Women’s Day 1973


8 Марта с праздинком: (the holiday, on the occasion) 1975


Министерcтво связи СССР: The Ministry of Communications of the USSR. Many cards were published  with preprinted postage on the back like this.

International Women's Day postcard

Поздравляю: Congratulations. 1969

March 8 postcard

С праздинком:(the holiday; on the occasion. Торты : Cakes. 1983


Ukrainian language. БЕРЕЗНЬ: March. З святом: Happy. 1961


С днем 8 Марта: Happy March 8. 1977

International women's Day postcard

Estonian language. 8 märts: March 8. 1966


С праздинком 8 Марта: Happy March 8. 1983


С праздинком 8 Марта: Happy March 8. 1981


С праздинком 8 Марта: Happy March 8. 1980

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Private Message Card



Colourpicture Publishers published this unusual style of  Plastichrome Private Message Card, circa early 1960s. This style seems like a clever idea, but it never became popular. The postcard has a gummed edge and is scored so the message area can be covered and the card sealed before mailing. The gummed strip on the side is perforated so that the recipient can tear the card open to “look inside.”

The overall size of this card is 8-1/4″ X 4″. The portion to the left of the fold line is about the size of a regular postcard. This style of Private Message Card was also used for view cards. The view cards that I have seen have two different images–a larger one on the left and a smaller one to the right of the fold line.

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Love Messages by Mail


The postcard above is titled “I Send My Love by Mail.” It is a Valentine postcard with an illustration by artist Katharine Gassaway, copyright 1906. Katharine Gassaway’s art appeared in books and on postcards by several publishers. This postcard is by an unknown publisher.

Below is a wooden postcard that is one of several instances I have seen in which an illustration used on a paper postcard was adapted for use on a wooden postcard. The wooden card appears to be one on which the design was printed on the wood and burned by a home woodburning hobbyist. Printing can be seen on the back. Sometimes the back was also burned on this type of card, but in this case the postcard markings have not been burned. The postcard logo is distinctive, but unidentified.



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Postcards by Wood-Block Printer T. Tokuriki

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These are wood block printed postcards published by Tomikichiro Tokuriki (1902-1999). Tokuriki was both a print maker and a teacher. He is known mainly for his non-postcard prints. I have not been able to find much information specifically about these … Continue reading

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