Saturday, December 10, 2005

~MERRY CHRISTMAS!!~ Vintage Christmas Cards

vintage Santa Christmas post card

vintage Art Deco Christmas card with envelope

vintage Christmas Nativity scene post card

I thought you might enjoy seeing a few early Christmas post cards and folded cards. Let's remember a simpler time, when there were no "politically correct" concerns.

People didn't really develope that custom of giving Christmas cards until the early 1900's. Did you notice that the Santa does not look the way we expect him to in the USA? Our modern conception of the red suited Santa can be attributed to advertising by the Coca-Cola company.

If you're interested in learning more, you might like to read History of Early Post Cards.

You might also want to check out this blog post on Art Muses about the story of the first Christmas card.

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Casey Dorrell said...

Less politically correct meaning a time when we got to pretend that everyone was Christian?

Dirty Butter said...

That's certainly one view, that many people share with you, Casey, but I prefer to think of it as a time when Christmas was a religious holiday.

My Daddy is almost 101 years old, and he tells stories about his early Christmases that don't sound anything like the way it is celebrated now by most people, Christian and non Christian alike.

A time when we got to pretend that everyone was Christian? No, certainly not. But a time for Christians to celebrate a holy day? Yes.

In my view of things, the Happy Holidays most people celebrate today is so secular that being "politically correct" is an appropriate concern.

The Holy Day commemorating Jesus' birth, on the other hand, is, and always will be, a Christian celebration.