First up are these thoughts from Jim Fahringer:
"I received some of these birthday cards when I was a little boy in the very late 1940s and through the 1950s. It was always fun to receive the postcard in the mail. It is still fun to receive personal mail today — although most people don't receive very much because of the 'Electronic Age'. Perhaps we should all start sending more personal cards and letters — they are much more meaningful than emails!! It is a shame that these postcards and other giveaways like the Gazette and Daily calendars have disappeared. I remember the Gazette and Daily calendars — they were much more beautiful than the ones printed by the York Dispatch. The Gazette and Daily calendars often included pictures of local and historical interest. However, not to be outdone, The Dispatch offered real silver dollars to kids who had their writing or artwork published in the weekly 'York Junior Dispatch' from the late 1940s and through the 1950s."
It's always great to hear from Jim! Here are some other great memories he's shared here:
Meanwhile, here are some other comments from Facebook and elsewhere regarding this greetings card:
- "I have some of these cards that were sent to my dad on various birthdays. Dad was born in 1921, so these cards are probably more like 80 years old!"
- "I, along with my brother Jack, belonged to the Gazette's birthday club. Still have the picture and letter I sent in to join and it is laminated (about 1953), so it must be the copy the paper sent to me."