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December 23, 2011

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

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