New Year Postcards from 100 Years Ago

Val MillsStarred Page By Val Mills, 29th Dec 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Postcards were a popular way of sending greetings at the beginning of last century. These New Year postcards were eagerly received and collected in albums, many of which have endured the test of time.

New Year, Continuing the Festive Season

Coming just one week after Christmas, it is only natural to want to celebrate New Year by holding on to the festive season for as long as possible. Just as with Christmas, New Year postcards were collected in albums. Many are still in existence today and are eagerly sought by collectors. Most of the postcards from the early 1900s were produced in the northern hemisphere, so New Year greetings postcards often continued with the theme of holly and snow, like the one shown here.

On the Stroke of Midnight

At some stage in their lives most people have experienced the anticipation of waiting for the clock to strike at midnight. The postcard shown here is typical of the pretty embossed postcards that were available at that time, with the symbolic midnight clock for welcoming the New Year. This postcard also shows the horseshoe, the symbol of good luck for the coming year.

January 1

After the stroke of midnight followed the first day of the New Year, January 1. Postcards such as the one shown here depicting the actual date are still popular with collectors today. Note here how the pine branch carries through the festive feeling, while the heart offers hope ahead for the New Year.

Bonne Annee

French Bonne Annee postcards were popular with collectors. These often showed children welcoming the New Year, children being the symbol for hope in the future and new life ahead. This Bonne Annee postcard cleverly uses the midnight clock as well, giving the postcard publishers a double chance of attracting buyers for their stock.

Good Luck in the New Year

Postcards were produced for every season and holiday celebration during the year. Sending Good Luck in the form of a lucky horseshoe, was a popular way of sending greetings for the New Year. This little girl also carries a money bag, sending wishes for wealth and prosperity in the coming year.

The Scottish New Year

No collection of New Year postcards would be complete without a Scottish New Year postcard. The Scottish custom of singing Auld Lang Syne is a tradition still continued today. Scotland produced many New Year postcards, many of them with the tartans of various clans, such as the Gordon Tartan shown here.

Happy New Year

With this small selection of postcards from the past, I'd like to wish all my readers a Happy New Year. May you experience the new beginnings, the good luck and the wealth and prosperity that you wish for when the clock strikes midnight and ushers in January 1, the first day of 2012.

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Albums, Collecting, Good Luck, Greetings, January 1, Midnight Clock, New Year, New Year Images, Postcards, Wealth Prosperity

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author avatar johnnydod
29th Dec 2011 (#)

I collect stamps Val, and many are on old postcards, fascinating article.

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author avatar Val Mills
29th Dec 2011 (#)

Thanks Johnny. Great to have the time to be back here on Wikinut. Happy New Year to you.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
29th Dec 2011 (#)

Hello Dear Val thank you for sharing this little known nostalgia with all of us. I see Johnny is a stamp collector, I was also but haven't touched them in years. A prosperous New Year to you and your loved ones.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
29th Dec 2011 (#)

Lovely page, the cards are a beautiful bit of the past we can touch, true magic ...thanks Val

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author avatar Buzz
29th Dec 2011 (#)

Fascinating, Val. FB-liked.

I hope your foot has healed.

Have a blessed New Year!

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author avatar richardpeeej
29th Dec 2011 (#)

Thanks for sharing the information Val. There are some lovely cards here. A well deserved star page my friend :-)

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author avatar Carol
29th Dec 2011 (#)

Postcards are fascinating, and this article is great Val, and the pics. Well done on the star!

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author avatar Bridgitte Williams
29th Dec 2011 (#)

Oh, I loved this, what fabulous photos...BRAVO!! Such a joy to read, enjoyed. HAPPY NEW YEAR! Cheers.

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author avatar Denise O
30th Dec 2011 (#)

Just a lovely page. What a well written piece of art. Just beautiful postcards. Well done. Congrats on the star page, it is well deserved. As always, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
30th Dec 2011 (#)

Thanks for taking me for a walk through the history of postcards, Val. I was transported to the curiosity of a child to understand the simplicity of life that we have left behind! Frankly, I ignore some egreetings! siva

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author avatar Retired
30th Dec 2011 (#)

these are just really cool postcards, I love it.

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author avatar Songbird B
16th Jan 2012 (#)

What a great Star page Val! These postcards are beautiful and what a lovely nostalgic article this is..Wishing you a really healthy and creative 2012 my friend..

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