Happy Thanksgiving! As anger swirls and turmoil upsets days and plans, giving thanks and gratitude is one way I focus on what’s important to me. During these hard times I give heartfelt thanks for friends who battle for justice and freedom.
And while I strive with my friends for progress, I value precious pieces of paper that send messages of fellowship from the distant past.
This eternal sentiment in poetic form: “From farm and field come nature’s yield / In the rich autumn weather / From out the scattered walks of life / The household circle meets together.” And at the end: “May you enjoy this Thanksgiving”
The back of the postcard reads: “Dear Little Adah, I received your card and it was very cute. This turkey looks very good, the one on the other side. Love to you all. Arnolda.”
The postmark is from San Jose California, November 25, 1913. The postal cancellation advertises the coming World’s Panama Pacific Exposition in San Francisco, 1915.
Herewith some 1910s Thanksgiving wishes! Most of my vintage T’giving postcards have turkeys on them, so this one is unusual.
I thought our fair lass was preparing a vegetarian dinner, but closer inspection shows that her cornucopia and basket overflow only with grapes. Perhaps she was tasked with providing the wine; hence the message on the front: “Thanksgiving Day Good Cheer.”
The message on the back: “Grandpa & Grandma.” Postmarked 1915, it’s addressed to Master Wilbur W. Daily, #28 S. 8th St., City.
Next, alas, more doomed turkeys. On this heavily embossed card Tom Turkey displays his fancy tail feathers for his lady. The borders around “Thanksgiving Greetings” and the picture are painted with metallic silver and have an art nouveau feel.
Minnie sent this card, addressed to Mrs. J. Vanderplou, in 1910. The message: “Dear Aunt Annie, I got the paints and they are nice ones. When I got them I was so glad. I painted with them already. Mamma said ‘that she would like to go to grandma’s house for Thanksgiving. Mamma is going to write soon.’ That piece of goods that you sent is very pretty. xxxxxx.” A model Thank You note indeed!
To all of my friends who celebrate, with or with out turkeys (not in our house anymore), have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
I love this type of postcard. where the embossing is the focus of the design. The words “Thanksgiving Greetings” have no color at all; the raised shape of the letters and the shadows thrown have a subtle beauty. And the embossing on the turkey’s feathers is impressive, each feather so carefully drawn and cross-hatched.
The back of the card is so intriguing. On November 24th, 1908, Walter B. of Fremont Nebraska wrote to Miss Anna Okerbloom of Omaha Nebraska: “Dear Friend, What’s the matter? Didn’t you receive my last card or don’t you want to acknowledge it.” We’ve all been there, right? Brave Walter to ask!
A more traditional card, brightly colored, shows a family of turkeys, apparently unaware of their fate – or perhaps Mother is saying farewell to her chicks?
The turkeys’ feathers are slightly embossed. The back of the card isn’t nearly as interesting as the first; it was sent in 1908 to Miss Amethyst Wickham of Utica NY, the message only: “With love from Aunt Katie.”