Sunday, December 23, 2018

Christmas greetings from
author Edna Albert


My, how time flies. It's been almost four years since I discussed Edna Albert (1878-1960), an author who was born and died in Adams County, Pennsylvania, but in between spent part of her life in Lancaster County. I first wrote about her in February 2015 and have a small stash of postcards, mostly sent to her.

This appears to be an unsent Christmas postcard from Edna. The other side reveals a Thomas Jefferson one-cent stamp pre-printed onto the card. But the card was never addressed or postmarked. The Jefferson postcards were in production from about 1914 to 1950.

On the blank side, as you can see, Edna has affixed a colorful illustration of a candle surrounded by holly. In precise, small printing, she has written:

Noël
Goodman weary, wife pain worn,
And a little babe new born!

Strength and love and helplessness
wait a stable poor to bless.

Set your heart's door open wide
That Son of Man may step inside.

A Merry Xmas
Edna Albert

I tried searching Google for many of the key phrases in that verse, and nothing came up. So it's possible, perhaps even likely, that those lines were penned by Edna herself and aren't from any poetry of the day.

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