Monday, December 21, 2009

A sympathetic card


A fascinating card that offers a window onto how words and expressions change through the years. We often think of "sympathy" as a word that expresses grief and compassion for someone's loss, but here it's used in a totally different way. And yet true to its essential meaning, no?  With a red ribbon, no less. This was signed on the back "Chester + Carrie, from Aunt Lillie." Printer's mark: Originality, Bromfield Publishers, Boston.

1 comment:

  1. I have a fairly large collection of vintage greeting cards, but I've never seen one like this before. In the last batch of cards I got, there was one where the writer was telling the addressee about the death of her son. It seemed strange - my son died - Merry Christmas. I suppose it was harder then to keep in touch.