Monday, December 28, 2015

READ IF YOU DARE--VINTAGE CHRISTMAS CARDS by CHERYL PIERSON


Ever since I came upon some of the weirdest vintage Easter cards I’d ever seen and blogged about those (in two parts, no less!) I’ve just been fascinated by some of the ideas that artists of the past have had for greeting cards. What in the world crossed their minds? Who did they think would enjoy these cards, much less pick them out of all the choices available to buy and send?

Evidently, I’m not the only one who has wondered. Take a look at some of these—they are beyond “odd”.


Yes. Scallops lamenting the absence of their friends (natives), so the card says—obviously the British. “May we soon see them again.” Uh…why? So they can eat us? MERRY CHRISTMAS!


Okay, maybe it’s just me, but…being wish “Compliments of the Season” by a boiling pan head imp that looks female on top and male on the bottom…well, that’s just plain weird. For some reason, this reminds me of the scene at the beginning of Bewitched when the pan boils over on the stove…

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Downright creepy. An educated pigman. Or is it a boy? The hat looks like that of a young boy, but that face is anything but endearing. And why does he need the binoculars? “The better to spy on you with, my dear…” Oh, but he’s carrying a book, so at least he must be educated.


Nothing says Merry Christmas like a picture of a dead robin, does it? I mean, what could be more joyful? Nope…can’t think of much else that could come close.


Do y’all remember the picture on the Easter card of the rabbit carefully stepping out of his home to go hunting with the colored eggs all around him? That’s what this reminds me of. A sweet little dog with a rifle near at hand…just in case he needs it.


Well, what have we here? A frog that has been robbed and murdered by another one. But, let’s not forget to have a MERRY CHRISTMAS, shall we?


As long as we’re on the subject of frogs, how about this one? Beetle and frog having a Christmas waltz, while the dragonflies dance in the background and the giant mosquito plays the tambourine. Festive, right?


Merry Christmas! If you survive being mauled by the polar bear…

It’s hard to think what must have been going on inside the creative brains of these illustrators, isn’t it? Or…were they just toying with us? Maybe these were meant to be ridiculous and make us laugh. But wait…what’s that I hear? Crying children? Wings of a…LOOK OUT!


Above all, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, even if you’re fighting off polar bears, dancing with frogs, or running from wasps!

6 comments:

  1. THANK YOU, Cheryl, for starting my day with a laugh...I guess I'm laughing..or grimacing. The are so weird and odd, it does make you wonder "what were they thinking?" I don't know where you found these, but you did a darn good job of researching.
    None made sense, did they? I always love anything vintage, but these border on something malicious. Well done!

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    1. Aren't these all just awful? There were more, but the mind can only handle "just so much"--my author pal, Bob Vardeman, posted something on FB with these in it, and I just had to pick up the ball and run with it. LOL

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  2. Ohmagosh! These cards were even weirder than some I have seen. People must have had a different mindset about things then. I don't understand how someone would come up with these off-the wall themes. The stabbed frog was certainly noteworthy. LOL
    All the same, I love vintage cards. Some of them are just beautiful like works of art.
    Loved your blog, Cheryl.

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    1. LOL Sarah, I have to admit that frog murder/robbery was one of my "favorites"--if you can call it that. There were even more, but I didn't include all of them. I had done a post or two on vintage Easter cards that were just as weird as these. My next venture will be a post for Valentine cards. I'm sure the "fun" doesn't stop with Easter and Christmas. LOL

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  3. I'm so glad I haven't received those cards. I love vintage cards--but not these. I like the sweet ones. LOL

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    1. Oh, Caroline, I SOOOOOOO agree! These are just awful--and there were some others that were just as bad that I didn't include. It does make you wonder what in the heck was going on in the minds of these people that created them, doesn't it?

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