Thursday, August 1, 2013

Old birthday greetings card from The (York) Gazette and Daily

Here's an old children's birthday card issued by The Gazette and Daily, the predecessor to the newspaper I have worked for since 2000 — the York Daily Record/Sunday News.

The card must have been printed prior to 1970, when, following an ownership change, the Gazette and Daily nameplate was retired and the York Daily Record came into existence.

My best guess is that this dates to the 1940s or 1950s. And it's in great condition, given that possible age.

The full text of the card states:

Here's to somebody
Who's seven to-day;
May you always be happy
At work or at play.


I asked about the card on Facebook, and one person found them to be familiar: "Yes, I remember getting those and when my Mother passed away I came across the enrollment letter that my Aunt sent to the G&D to have me enrolled. She wrote it like it was from my older brother."

Apparently, the you also got your name printed in the newspaper if you were part of this Birthday Club. One thing that's neat is that there was obviously a separate card for each age, since the poem is geared toward somebody's seventh birthday.

If anyone else has memories of this program offered by the Gazette and Daily, please share them in the comments section!


  1. 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!

  2. I received some of these birthday cards when i was a little boy in the very late 1940's and through the 1950's. 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 pictires 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 1940's and through the 1950's.