Turkey for Thanksgiving : Vintage Postcards

Val Mills By Val Mills, 18th Nov 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Thematic postcard collecting enabled publishers to keep producing postcards that were popular with collectors. Thanksgiving was no exception.

Thanksgiving Postcards

Postcard collecting was at the height of its popularity in the early twentieth century. Collectors were always on the look out for new cards to add to their collections and postcard publishers were always ready to oblige. Postcards were produced for almost every collecting theme imaginable and so Thanksgiving postcards, especially those depicting turkeys, were published as a way of celebrating the occasion.

The Thanksgiving Day Turkey

Just as with Christmas cards and postcards, the Thanksgiving postcards were probably initially sent to family members and friends who weren’t able to be there to celebrate with the sender. However, like all thematic items, collectors soon saw an interesting theme that they could proudly display in their postcard albums.

The examples of old or vintage postcards displayed here are not exceptionally good. They are a few that I happen to have amidst my own extensive postcard collection. They are well worn, having been handled often over the years. Many Thanksgiving postcards produced last century were elaborate, often embossed or gilt edged. The ones here are reasonably common examples, that would have been affordable by ordinary people.

Collectible Vintage Postcards

If you would like to see a wider range of the Thanksgiving postcards that people collected, or are interested in starting a small collection of Thanksgiving memorabilia for yourself, there is currently a wide range of Thanksgiving postcards listed on the eBay auction site.

Unlike the two images above, a good collectable Thanksgiving postcard will have sharp corners, more like the embossed postcard below. The one shown here is devalued by having a number stamped on the front. This possibly means it was a publishing house sample that stores could order from.

Family Treasures from the Past

It is so good that these beautiful relics of the past have lasted a hundred years or so. They retain their depth of colour and are a delightful way of preserving a little of the social history of years gone by. If you are lucky enough to have some of these family treasures, look after them so they can be enjoyed by future generations.


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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
19th Nov 2011 (#)

I would think it would be pretty limiting to collect Thanksgiving postcards, but maybe that is a good thing!

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author avatar Buzz
19th Nov 2011 (#)

Great article, Val. Thanks for sharing.

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author avatar richardpeeej
19th Nov 2011 (#)

Very interesting and informative Val. I am not sure that there will be so many post cards in the future though with faster types of communication being used these days. Internet and phone for example...Thanks for sharing my friend :-)

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author avatar Tranquilpen
19th Nov 2011 (#)

Fascinating. I had no idea that there was such a hobby. I'm certain that when they finally go out of print their value will increase.Thank you for sharing Val:-))

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author avatar Delicia Powers
5th Dec 2011 (#)

Wonderful Val, my Mom loved old postcards, and had a large collection, wish we had saved them...great article, and for me memories...:0)

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author avatar Songbird B
16th Dec 2011 (#)

Lovely article Val, and an interesting one too..

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