Friday, January 23, 2009

CU Vintage Valentine Cards

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. 
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27 comments:

diney said...

I just love vintage things. Thank you!

Don't feel bad about the age thing tho. I didn't think I was vintage or antique either at 53, but with 13 years on you, I must be ancient then! =0)
I am always amazed at your talents.
Once again thanks!
Diane

ladybug said...

These are really adorable. I love how you included what the post cards said. Thanks.
ladybug

vettep said...

You picked out some really nice look card. Thank you for sharing.

Gail said...

Beautiful cards - thank you!

jenjenjasp said...

well, what a fun side track from your usual "style"...love it! Well I always love all of it.

Thanks my dear. And NICE to "meet" you in Jenn's class. lol. Yes, I am the goofball.

jenjen

La Scrapping Mad-ison said...

I'm always fascinated by old post cards... My mom has a friend that makes rabbits from old pillowcases/handkerchiefs and she calls them "Hare-looms" (I'm pretty sure that's the name, I'm not creative enough to come up with that by myself) and they always come with an old postcard (Mom's is stamped early 1900s) with a love story, they're adorable.

Don't feel bad about the antique store visit, I handed a Floppy to Connor the other day and he thought it went in my camera... haha, the 1" square memory card in my camera holds over 5 THOUSAND times the memory than that floppy!!

Then again, he asked my sister what the handle was on the door in her car.. we had to explain to him that's where "roll down the windows" comes from, because we actually had to ROLL them down!

Jannidee said...

Thank you for all the freebies that you have offered.I would have loved to comment on all that I DL'd but I would have been here all night!! Many, many thanks!!!

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TerriM said...

Very neat find. I just love the things of "old". I have a couple things from my Grandparents and GGrandparents. Old wallet, watch, glasses, gloves, hanky...and I look at them every so often. Thanks for sharing these lovely cards. Hugs -- xoxo! (terri - hawaii)

Ann said...

These are wonderful. I myself can't understand why things from my childhood are already considered antique. I was born a mere 46 years ago and in no way an antique....lol
Also on the dress size, I've heard that and it explains why even though I'm only slightly larger than I was in highschool I now wear clothes that are 2 sizes smaller than I did back then. Oh well some times changes can be good for the ego...lol

Andrea said...

WOW These are FABULOUS!! I haven't perused the antique shops in a while. Can't wait to read what the cards had said. So interesting! Thank you for sharing :)

Sue said...

Thank you very much for sharing these beautiful Valentines! :)

Dianna said...

Thanks! I just love vintage stuff. I keep wanting to go and look for things but there's really no place close by.

Lisajo said...

Thank you for the lovely postcards!

Tara said...

I am in love with these cards! Great job, very adorable! I actually used one as the background in my header, please let me know if this is a problem. Thanks so much!

xashee's corner said...

Thank you for sharing!!!! :D GREAT find and sounds like you had fun at the shop too! Hope you have a SUPER weekend! :D

Barb said...

love the vintage cards thanks

Amberpony Creates said...

Love our Story about the Antique Store.
Thanks for the cards and the notes that where on them

Lynn Pierce said...

It reminds me of cards my grandparents sent to each other! So sweet!

thescrappywife said...

Fabulous! Thank you!

Sandy said...

Fantastic cards, Debb! Thanks!!

Dinphy said...

SO pretty, thank you!!

Anonymous said...

Love the cards and the stories - both those on the cards and yours! Thanks!

Deanna said...

Thank you so much. These are indeed beautiful. And thanks for sharing your day with us. That was fun to hear.

Charmed by Gorjuss said...

Thanks bunches!

Carole N. said...

How nice of you to share these lovely Valentine's.

I have an assortment of the vintage Valentine's that open up or fan out.
My two aunts were school teachers and the cards were given to them by their students.

I have often wished there was something I could do with them as I really hate to fasten them into a book.

Thank you for sharing and hugs!

Rachel said...

Hey Deb I'm around your age so I guess I must vintage too! Love these cards - they are adorable. Thanks so much for sharing them. I love all your stuff but I particularly like all the little antique curio things that you find.