Thursday, December 17, 2015

A 1910 postcard that was processed on Christmas Day

This vintage "Merry Christmas" postcard, with its warm and cheery colors, was postmarked at 9 p.m. on December 25, 1910, in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, which likely means that some Grinch of a boss made at least one postal employee work on Christmas night.1

Also, in addition to being Christmas, it was A SUNDAY.

I hope Krampus made a visit to that boss.

The postcard was mailed to Helen in Duboistown. The simple message states: "A Merry Xmas & Happy New Year. Your cousin, Frances K."

1. That year's Anti-Grinch was Texas Gov. Thomas M. Campbell, who, on Christmas Day, pardoned about 100 men, including 50 "friendless" prisoners who had been serving life terms. "Some have been in prison so long that their existence seems to have been forgotten," stated one account.


  1. I have some postcards from around the turn of the century that were postmarked after 11 pm on Christmas Eve. I too was surprised that they would have been working so late.

    1. I guess Cratchit couldn't get out of his shift at the post office.