Monday, November 23, 2015

The Vintage Thanksgiving Cards

It's common to find old Christmas cards, birthday cards, Mother's Day cards and Valentines at estate sales. People either received them and saved them, or bought them and never used them.

I don't find as many Thanksgiving cards, tucked into desk drawers if unused or pasted into scrapbooks if they were gladly received. But I have found a few that I'd like to share.

An early 1960s image of the turkey and the pumpkin.

This is a postcard from the early 1900s. 

The image on this card from the late 1950s gives one pause,
because it seems to contradict the written message. "Fun" for the turkey?

Here's the turkey again, just posing as part of the Thanksgiving landscape.

This is a more generic holiday card, showing the transition from autumn to winter.

Putting cats into the middle of everything is nothing new. This late 1950s-early 1960s Norcross Thanksgiving card features a kitten so popular, he had a name: Topaz.

This is another Norcross card, featuring another kitten: I think this one is Snowball.  (The third named Norcross kitten was a black one called Inky, but I haven't found
any vintage Thanksgiving cards with Inky on them. Yet.)

The Hallmark Cards website has an illustrated history of Thanksgiving cards:



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