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Christmas Postcard Collection Dates Back 100 Years

FORT WALTON BEACH — John Connors celebrated an anniversary this week, but not for any person. It was the 100th anniversary of his Christmas postcard collection.

The postcards, which were sent to his late uncle William Connors, were dated from Dec. 19 to Dec. 21, 1911. Postage was 1 cent at the time.

“This just goes to show you the old penny postcard really was something else,” the retired air commando said recently at his home on Linwood Road in Fort Walton Beach. “It’s hard to believe these were read more…


Collecting Christmas Postcards

The message on the back of the card was brief, likely written with a quill, the ink slightly faded after more than a century.

“My Dearest Lillie Girl … Wish you a merry Xmas and oh so many blessings … Your Loving Grandma.”

The postcard, sent in 1906 to Miss Emily Van Vrauken of Redford Flats, N.Y., is illustrated on the front with bundled-up kids tromping through a snowy landscape. Its age puts the postcard within what collectors — including its owner, Jill Helmke of Wausau — call the “golden era” of artistic postcards from 1900 to about 1915.

It’s one of hundreds of Christmas-themed postcards in Helmke’s collection, started by read more


Postcard Collection Leads To Book

I bought my first postcard collection at an antique shop in Florence in 1970. The cards were pictures of Jackson from 1908 – views of the city I had never seen before. Now I’ve been collecting pre-1920 postcards from Mississippi for 41 years, and I’ve amassed more than 10,000 views of the state. I’m still actively collecting. I even bought a few this week. Read more…


Holiday Party – Monday, December 5th

Don’t miss our annual holiday party. We will have pizza and other delicious snacks and desserts. Bring your postcards to show, trade or sell. Don’t miss this meeting because we have a special surprise.

If you have not yet paid your dues for 2012, you can do so at the holiday party.

Hope to see you on Monday evening, December 5th from 7:00 – 8:30 at Legacy Senior Living in Penfield on Willow Pond Way.