Where has the year gone? No Fun Day Sunday today. I’ll pick that up again next week. Too busy right now, and frankly still operating in a holiday haze of too many calories consumed over a short period of time. Today, I’m sharing the last Thanksgiving postcard.
Why do vintage postcards fascinate me? The short version of the long story is my husband and I have an affinity for old things. It was something we shared from the very beginning. Because we’re two people undoubtedly born out of time, we love to track down old treasures in antique stores, flea markets, and estate sales. In these excursions, we often see bundles of letters and old postcards in shoes boxes. They meant something to someone once, but the owners pass on and those left to settle things often have no attachment and no reason to keep them. Hubby and I love these keepsakes of days gone by. If you take the time to immerse yourself in these common things, you’ll get an insider’s view of history. This stuff is called ephemera.
The wordie I am compels me to explain that Ephemera, by definition, is anything short-lived or ephemeral. (ephemeral means lasting but one day) Generally these things are useful or important for only a short time but linger as mementos and tokens of happy memories — things such as ticket stubs and pamphlets, advertisements such as matchbooks, greeting cards of all sorts, and notices and clippings etc. That these things were kept as keepsakes speaks volumes of the regard in which they were held, especially the old valentines, cards, postcards, and correspondence.
So, as mentioned before, my husband gave me a mostly empty album for collecting vintage holiday postcards and together we’re building a scrapbook one postcard at a time. The album is set up by the decade with sleeves for each and covers 100 years from 1860 to 1960.
Each day from now until January, I’ll share one from our collection. And sometimes two!
This 1904 card was once glued into a scrapbook. Go on, immerse yourself in the image. Sometime this week I’ll explain the inks and printing processes for these old cards. Sometimes a little background knowledge can help you determine the approximate age at a glance.
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Exquisite Quills, my international readers/writers group, is trying something new this year — a romance cookbook! The ebook is available for pre-order now, and the hefty paperback comes out at the end of the month. It’s a lovely book, if I do say so myself with its 21 charming holiday stories and even more delicious recipes.
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Four 5-star reviews of The Changeling!
♥My other recent release has shining stars too!
Entice Me – a multi-author collection. It’s a steal for 99¢.
My story is Heart of Stone
Words worth mentioning for November
“The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be the beginning.”
~Ivy Baker Priest
Authors and Industry representatives all month long.
Stop by today for Author Denyse Bridger’s blog day and be sure to get her free Holiday short story. It’s a charmer.
Romance Books ‘4’ Us
The December contest starts soon. Prizes often include $100 in gift cards for Amazon/B&N, ebooks, print books, audiobooks, additional gift cards, and non-book items. http://www.romancebooks4us.com/
From my family to you and yours, have a safe and happy day.