Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Two old Valentine's Day postcards, circa 1907-08

Continuing with the Valentine's Day-themed ephemera, here are a pair of postcards that are more than a century old. It's interesting to see how pink, green and white were the predominant colors on these postcards. Now, that could just be a small sample size. But red is certainly not the overwhelming color in these illustrations, as it is today.

Above: The postmark is blurred on this To my Sweet Valentine postcard. It appears, however, to be from February 1907. The reverse side does not have a divided back and is for the address only, which fits in with early 1907. It wasn't until March 1, 1907, that the U.S. Post Office allowed messages on the back of a postcard. This postcard was mailed to Miss Mae McGinnis at Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. It was produced by Raphael Tuck & Sons.1

Above: This postcard features a Cupid-like figure, with some dangerous-looking arrows, on the front. It was postmarked at 7:30 p.m. on February 12, 1908, in Jersey City, New Jersey.2 And it was mailed to Miss Naomi Snyder in Spry, Pennsylvania.3 The note simply states "FROM SAM." The postcard was printed in Germany.

1. Previous posts featuring Raphael Tuck & Sons:
2. Also on February 12, 1908, French mathematician Jacques Herbrand was born. He would only live to age 23, as he died in a mountain-climbing accident in the French Alps, but he left an important legacy in his field.
3. Of minor interest: I found a Mary Naomi (Snyder) Smith Figdore, who is buried in Spry, on Find A Grave. But she lived from 1911 to 2010, which means she was born three years after this postcard was sent. Her mother's name was Dollie V. Snyder, so that's a dead end, too.

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