HERITAGE LIVES: A Christmas Message From Long Ago


By Terry Hughes

A century ago people communicated using post cards, even during the Christmas season. Some of these cards from over the years contained the following messages:

Dear Chris,
Just received your card. Hope to see you soon.

Chris,
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us. Come up and see us sometime.

Dear Chris,
I am having a great time. We have had a lot of snow in the country and city. And I have this device that moves twice as much snow.

But the best appeared on the front of this card. Featured are a sleeping child embraced by a heavenly angel while holding a gift in the form of a doll. Three words are inscribed at the bottom: A Merry Christmas

And I say to our readers: Have a very Merry Christmas!

Editor’s note: The back of the card is postmarked Station B Buffalo N.Y. Dec. 24 2:30P 1909. It bears a One Cent stamp.

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(Terry Hughes is a Wellander who is passionate about heritage, history and model railroading. His opinion column, Heritage Lives, appears on the blog once or twice monthly.)

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