Thursday, December 17, 2009

Heartiest greetings

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.

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