New Year Postcards from the Past

Val MillsStarred Page By Val Mills, 28th Dec 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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A small selection of postcards sent to celebrate the coming of the New Year in days gone by.

Postcards produced for the New Year

When postcard collecting was in its heyday in the early 1900s, postcard publishers never missed an opportunity to produce postcards to increase their sales. With the rush of Christmas over, it was natural to promote the next celebration, New Year. New Year postcards became a popular way of wishing people the best for the coming year, especially if they lived far away and couldn't be there in person. Many of the cards continued with the Christmas theme of holly and snow, while others heralded in the coming year.

Clocks showing Midnight

One popular New Year postcard theme showed clocks set at midnight, ringing in the New Year. When you see the clock hands in this way it easy to anticipate the excitement building as time took New Year revellers from one year to the next.

Year Dates and 1 January postcards

New Year postcards often showed the year date such as 1910, or the number 1, as in the first day of the first month for the year. Postcards were produced to cater for all price ranges, as is shown here with the difference between the very plain postcards and the pretty embossed one.

Leap Year Postcards

Postcards were produced specifically for Leap Year, often with a humorous theme about the woman catching her man. The one shown here is one of a series, accepting the woman's Leap Year offer that will make him a happy man.

Leaping into the Millennium

It's hard to believe that thirteen years have passed since we celebrated not only a new year and a new century, but a new Millenium. Postcards were sold to celebrate this event, that became even more special as it was the first Centenary Leap Year since the year 1600. The delightful image here shows children leaping into the new millenium and is made doubly collectible because of the red post box showing the Leap Year date, 29 February.

Happy New Year to All

No matter where in the world you live, there will be traditions attached to the celebration of welcoming the New Year. Sending postcards and collecting them is no longer as popular as it once was, but these postcards give a tiny glimpse into celebrations of the past.

All postcards are from the Val Mills collection.


1 January, Celebrations, Collectibles, Collecting Postcards, Millenium, New Year, New Year Traditions, Postcards, Social History, Valmnz

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
29th Dec 2012 (#)

Fascinating! Loved this.

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author avatar Val Mills
29th Dec 2012 (#)

Thanks Steve. Haven't been here for a while, but hopefully will have more time now.

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author avatar johnnydod
29th Dec 2012 (#)

Great to see you back on Wikinut again after a long absents Val.
Your montage of old postcards are wonderful, they are so full of history and some even are memory's for me.
Have a wonderful new year

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author avatar Retired
29th Dec 2012 (#)

Thanks for the insight, success for your article

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author avatar irenen1
29th Dec 2012 (#)

Wonderful collection and a hobby that shouldn't fall out of grace. Collecting emails just isn't the same. sigh

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author avatar Buzz
29th Dec 2012 (#)

Welcome back, Val!
Beautiful come-back article, and so timely too.

Have a very prosperous New Year!

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author avatar M G Singh
29th Dec 2012 (#)

Its a lovely post Val and a happy new Year

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
29th Dec 2012 (#)

yes lovely indeed this Val...i have a few of those old cards too from my grandmother...happy New Year to you and yours

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author avatar Christine Crowley
29th Dec 2012 (#)

Happy New Year, Val. Great post - love the old postcards!

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author avatar vpaulose
30th Dec 2012 (#)

Good info. Thank you dear Val for your affectionate appreciation. Wish you a prosperous and happy New Year.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
30th Dec 2012 (#)

So happy to see you again Val and I realize what we have missed! Lovely share, nostalgic collection, but sad too that postcards have become relics. In a way, for older folks, it has diluted the feel. Wish you happiness and peace in the New Year - siva

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author avatar Delicia Powers
31st Dec 2012 (#)

Beautiful, my mom had a lovely collection of old postcard-a peek into the everyday-life of history...thank you Val enjoyed this very much...happy New Year my friend0)

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
3rd Jan 2013 (#)

Ditto Delicia. Great way to share greetings.

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author avatar Songbird B
13th Feb 2013 (#)

A really interesting Star page my friend, and I love those postcards you have illustrated this article with..A great read!

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author avatar Rose*
23rd Dec 2013 (#)

Fascinating. A little glimpse into years gone by!

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