Chester and Carrie Thorpe received this greeting from Lillian and Fred one Christmas in the late 1920s. The Thorpes lived on Locust Avenue in Lexington, Mass., and Chester kept a prodigious scrapbook c. 1925-27. I was lucky enough to find one of the books a few years ago in a N.J. antique store. Last year I posted a few cards from the Chester scrapbook, but there are many more.
Is there a more nostalgic holiday than Christmas? This card and many others reflect not life in the 1920s, but an earlier era. Here is a stagecoach, and people dressed in the attire of the mid-19th century, in front of a house evocative of the English countryside. Perhaps this all comes from Dickens and A Christmas Carol, so much a part of our holiday tradition.