Friday, March 15, 2013

Vintage postcard: Lá Fhéile Pádraig ("The Day of the Festival of Patrick")

I hope everyone has a happy Saint Patrick's Day this weekend! This postcard, more than 100 years old1, has wonderful green hues and an Irish theme. The gold text across the bottom states: "WITH HIS WITTY CONVERSATION HE THEN FORMS CLOSER RELATIONS." (He had better be careful, though, because the lovely lass has a knife.)

1. The text across the bottom states: "DESIGN COPYRIGHT, 1908, BY M.W. TAGGART, N.Y." According to the Metropolitan Postcard Club of New York City, M.W. Taggart was in business from 1905 to 1910 and was "a large publisher of greeting and holiday postcards many of which had humorous or patriotic themes. Seaside cards and those depicting Blacks were also common. Many of their postcards were embossed."

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