Thursday, December 15, 2016

Christmas postcard with a crinoline and a black cat

I learned some new: A crinoline is a structured petticoat configured to poof out a woman's skirt — sometimes, in the extreme, to a circumference of six yards. They were widely popular for a few decades in the mid 19th century before going out of style, but not before thousands of women died needlessly from skirt fires or accidents involving machinery and carriage wheels. Crinolines weren't the smartest fashion fad ever cooked up.

The front of this vintage postcard, postmarked in 1931, features an illustration of a woman wearing a modest crinoline and this verse:

Christmas Greetings
Crinoline is out of style,
Fashion varies — customs too,
But friendship does not
change the while,
And so I send this card
too you.

Yes, it says "too you" at the end, which is clearly a mistake. Postcards need editors, too.

The illustration also features a playful black cat and an interesting fabric pattern that appears on both the curtains and the chair cushion. (I believe that's a Windsor chair, by the way.)

The postcard was mailed to an address in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, one of two cities that attempt to lay claim to the title of Birthplace of the Ice Cream Sundae. The short note on the back reads "To wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year."

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