Alan Mays' photos with the cards

Santa Sends a Wireless Message of Christmas Cheer

Santa Sends a Wireless Message of Christmas Cheer
"Santa sends you a message of Christmas cheer."

Santa Claus always stays up to date with the latest technology. Here he is in the early part of the twentieth century using wireless telegraphy (also called radiotelegraphy) to tap out a Morse code message…
Added on December  9, 2018

Greetings from the Philco Television Convention, Atlantic City, N.J., 1953

Greetings from the Philco Television Convention, Atlantic City, N.J., 1953
"Greetings from the Philco Convention, Atlantic City."

An undated real photo postcard. As far as I can determine, the convention took place in 1953.
Added on December  9, 2018

A Thanksgiving Wish—A Harvest without Measure

A Thanksgiving Wish—A Harvest without Measure
A Thanksgiving greeting card with Art Deco design and color, dating to the late 1920s or early 1930s.

A Thanksgiving Wish

May this Thanksgiving bring to you
A harvest without measure:
Good cheer and joy and friendships true
And every kind of pleasure!
Added on November 22, 2018

Wishing You a Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing You a Happy Thanksgiving
"Wishing You a Happy Thanksgiving. Ellen H. Clapsaddle. Painting only copyrighted by S. Garre, 1909."
Added on November 22, 2018

Best Wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving

Best Wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving
"Best Wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving. Ellen H. Clapsaddle. Painting only copyrighted by S. Garre, 1909."
Added on November 22, 2018

Thanksgiving Greetings from Columbia and Her Turkeys

Thanksgiving Greetings from Columbia and Her Turkeys
A Thanksgiving postcard that shows Columbia—"the personification of the United States"—patting a turkey on the head. It's addressed on the other side to Miss Anna Johnson, Rockaway, New Jersey, Easton Heights. and postmarked Middle Valley, N.J., Nov. 25,…
Added on November 22, 2018

Halloween—A Witch Out for Mischief

Halloween—A Witch Out for Mischief
Bats, an owl, and a black cat accompany a witch as she rides her broomstick over a snow-covered landscape in this illustration from a postcard dated 1910.

For a similar postcard, see Halloween—Witch and Black Cat on a Broomstick.
Added on October 28, 2018

A Merry Halloween—Corncob Jack-o'-Lantern Scarecrow

A Merry Halloween—Corncob Jack-o'-Lantern Scarecrow
An early twentieth-century postcard with a Corncob Jack-o'-Lantern Scarecrow smoking a corncob pipe.

For another corny creature, see I'm All Ears.
Added on October 28, 2018

For Auld Lang Syne This Halloween!

For Auld Lang Syne This Halloween!
A postcard addressed to Miss Mary Elliott, c/o Mrs. R. Elliott, Milton West, Canada, and postmarked at Niagara Falls, N.Y., Oct. 29, 1909.

Handwritten message: "Hope Papa is better since he went away. Love to you all from cousin Annie."

Although Auld La…
Added on October 23, 2018

All Halloween Greetings—Jack-o'-Lantern Scarecrow and Witch with Crescent Moon

All Halloween Greetings—Jack-o'-Lantern Scarecrow and Witch with Crescent Moon
"All Hallowe'en Greetings."

A postcard addressed to Dessie Cable, 31 Linden Ave., Sewickley, Pa., and postmarked on Oct. 29, 1910, in Johnstown, Pa.

Handwritten message: "Hello Dessie, How's the weather there? We have snow and it's very cold. My addres…
Added on October 22, 2018

Woolen Suitings, Dress Fabrics, Housekeeping Goods! Spangler and Rich, Marietta, Pa.

Woolen Suitings, Dress Fabrics, Housekeeping Goods! Spangler and Rich, Marietta, Pa.
For the front of this advertising trade card, see Spangler and Rich, Dry Goods and Groceries, Marietta, Pa.

Woolen Suitings, Dress Fabrics, Housekeeping Goods!

Choice styles. Satisfactory prices.

An early visit is respectfully solicited from yourself a…
Added on October 15, 2018

Spangler and Rich, Dry Goods and Groceries, Marietta, Pa.

Spangler and Rich, Dry Goods and Groceries, Marietta, Pa.
"Spangler & Rich, dry goods, groceries, Marietta, Pa. Marietta Times Print."

A nineteenth-century advertising trade card for Spangler & Rich's store in Marietta, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. For the other side of this card, see Woolen Suitings, Dress…
Added on October 15, 2018

Halloween—Witch with a Black Cat on a Pumpkin

Halloween—Witch with a Black Cat on a Pumpkin
A Halloween postcard addressed to Mrs. Chas. Studt, Lilly, Pa., and postmarked at Conemaugh, Pa., Oct. 29, 1910.

Handwritten message on back: "Dear Grandmother, I wish you were down to get some taffy & fudge and nuts. I hope you are well and I will be up…
Added on October 13, 2018

Halloween—Witch with Jack-o'-Lantern

Halloween—Witch with Jack-o'-Lantern
A Halloween postcard addressed to Mrs. C. Studt, Lilly, Pa., and postmarked at Conemaugh, Pa., Oct. 31, 1910.

Handwritten message on back: "With love, from Kit."

Printed on back: "Raphael Tuck & Sons' 'Hallowe'en' Series of Post Cards No. 174."

For ano…
Added on October 13, 2018

On Halloween Be Wary and Look About

On Halloween Be Wary and Look About
On Hallowe'en be wary and look about
The gobble-uns will git you ef you don't watch out!

A Halloween postcard illustrated by H. B. Griggs. The lines about the "gobble-uns" are from "Little Orphant Annie" (1885), a poem by James Whitcomb Riley.

For anot…
Added on October  8, 2018

Halloween Greetings—When the Candles Flicker

Halloween Greetings—When the Candles Flicker
A Halloween postcard, circa 1920s.

Hallowe'en Greetings
When the candles flicker
When the wind goes woo-oo
May it mean a fortune
Mighty good for you.
Added on October  8, 2018

Stick to Me and You Will Wear Diamonds, L. M. Arnold, Sand Patch, Pennsylvania

Stick to Me and You Will Wear Diamonds, L. M. Arnold, Sand Patch, Pennsylvania
The last line on this amusing acquaintance card refers to a song, "Any Old Place I Can Hang My Hat Is Home Sweet Home to Me," which was published as sheet music in 1901 and recorded on phonograph cylinder in 1902, making it likely that the card dates from…
Added on September 30, 2018

Getting the Pumpkin Ready for Halloween

Getting the Pumpkin Ready for Halloween
A Halloween postcard illustrated by H. B. Griggs (H.B.G.). For another postcard by Griggs, see May Love Light Your Halloween Lantern!

Addressed on the other side to Miss Edith Yoder, 322 N. Pine St., Lancaster, Pa., and postmarked Portland, Ore., Oct. 27…
Added on September 30, 2018