I had a rare 2 hours to myself today after I dropped the Little Girl off at preschool. What to do with myself? I contemplated going to the craft store as I still have gift cards from Christmas that I haven't used. But instead I decided to go to the antique shop. I was looking for antique lace for a kit that I'm working on. I didn't find any lace but I did find some wonderful treasures! I really do not know a thing about antiques, and there are some items that do not interest me at all. I have no idea what I am looking at most of the time or its value. I just wander around until I find something that looks interesting. I found several gorgeous old doilies and hankies that I just had to pick up. I was a bit disturbed that I recognize a lot of the "antiques" from my younger years. I mean, I am only 40 but there were a lot of games in beat up boxes and books that I remember having growing up. I found a great Chinese Checkers game that was exactly like one my Grandma Alice had and we always played when we went to her house. Good times....
I found a great little black dress that was all sequins and beads, circa early 1960's. The tag said size 8, which in today's sizes looks like it would be about a size 4. HUH? That's right, I typically wear a size 4 or 6 today but if I was an adult in the 60s or 50's I would probably be closer to an 8-10. There is an interesting article about Marilyn Monroe's dress size on Snopes. Anyway, I digress. The reason I am telling you this antique shop story is that I came across a booth that had several vintage Valentine's postcards for sale. I think I stood in that booth for half an hour reading the cards. They were all from very early 1900s. There was no street address or zip code on the postcards, just the name and city, state of the addressee. I guess the postmaster knew where everyone lived in their town and did not need an address. And the penmanship was gorgeous on some of those cards. I think it is a shame that we don't write notes or cards much any more. Most communication is through email, phone, text message, TWITTER! lol.
This post is becoming quite the book! To shorten this long tale, I bought 4 of my favorite postcards from that stack and scanned and extracted them for you. In the TOU that accompanies the cards in the .zip I typed what each card said on the back. I thought it was interesting, take a minute to read the lovely notes that were sent to dear friends 100 years ago.
Download the CU Vintage Valentine Postcards HERE