Saturday, February 6, 2016

Love Greetings . . .

Postcard collecting has been a hobby of mine for quite a few years.
I stopped at a local antique store the other day
and browsed through a few valentines
and valentine postcards too. 

You know the saying,
"things aren't like they used to be!"
Well that is how I felt . . .
oh the antique thingy is the same
postcards too
but the mystique and joy
I once found in it all
wasn't there. 

I think that sometimes happens,
when I am looking and searching for things,
they don't seem to show up,
but when "I least expect"
wow, what wonderful surprises.

The check out man said,
"oh, you are a postcard collector?"
And I replied,
"not really a COLLECTOR, just collect!"
And he went on to inquire why I liked postcards . . .
and I went on to tell him what I liked about them.

I look for dates that connect me to family and friends.
I look for state names, post mark dates.
I look for the  sayings, quotes, words, design.
Most of my postcards are cards from the very early 1900's.
I have more Santa cards than I can count.
My favorites  . . . I often give away . . .
It makes me happy to see others enjoy what I have enjoyed.

The cards above were my favorite's from my recent, "look and see."
The card "To My Sweetheart"
said . . . in beautiful old handwritten script,
"From Henry"

The " To My Valentine" card in light blue
had a long message about
"feeling cranky".
(The card was so sweet and delicate, the message, not so much.)

The 1910 was the year my mother was born
and on the back it said . . . Mother.

I really liked the little girl and the two boys and the quip,
"I like them both, what shall I do"

and the
You're a Honey of a Bunny
let's just say
that is what I think about each of you
a bunch of
Honey Bunny's
"This brings,
though far apart:
All cordial wishes
from my Heart."


Barbara Lilian said...

Todays modern cards are not as appealing as the vintage ones. The one with the pretty for-get-me-nots is my choice, Mr France has never been one for sending or even giving me cards, When I asked him why, he said 'I don't need a card to tell you how much I love you ' and it's true everyday he tell me how much he loves me. So what more can I want.

Pondside said...

The two with Forget-me-nots catch my eye - both so very sweet and innocent. I remember the thrill of getting my very own card in the mail, and try to make sure that Valentine's cards go to each of the grandchildren. I loved the greeting from you to all of us at the end of your post!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Awww...this post made me smile. I just recently got interested in old Valentine's when I came across one, like you, in an antique shop, WAY in the back in an old trunk. My favorites are the ones with names from the past in them. How difficult it must have been to say "I love you." for a young man back in those days. So, he said it with a card. So sweet.
We all love you, Lynne!
Roses are red
Violets are blue
Friends like you
Are the truest of true!

Big hugs..

A Joyful Cottage said...

Vintage cards are so enchanting. I love the innocence that speaks so much more eloquently than our contemporary cards. The artwork is just that. . .art. I especially like how you displayed your delightful cards with the beautiful linens. I'm guessing those are vintage, too. Hugs, Nancy

Missy George said...

You're a honey of a bunny as well..So cute..Pretty forget-me-nots...I was the proud recipient of some of your antique postcsrds..I was looking at them the other day..I keep them in with my recipe books..I look at them more often than I do my recipes..I am such a cook, ya know!!! Hope you are having a good weekend..

TexWisGirl said...

i like how you look for them and tie them into your life and memories.

Adam said...

cute bunny card

Bonnie said...

So cute! I love antique valentines... I wonder if anyone will be looking to collect our valentines in decades to come? I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

Kerin said...

Beautiful. I love that you look for a connection with the cards that you select, and I think it's very lucky that you've found so many great ones!

It's true.... they really don't make things like they used to. Not too much thought goes into products these days, it seems.

Thanks for sharing your wonderful cards with us and the sweet sentiment.

Love ya, and I'm glad to know ya!


Jeanie said...

So much to love in this, Lynne, and always a treat to discover someone else has the same passions that you do! (I'm eagerly awaiting our annual April postcard vendor's arrival at the Antiquarian Book and Paper show!) I don't have as many valentines as others but collect in the same way -- an image that touches me or connects me to our past (notably our cottage up north).

My favorite find was -- wait for it -- a postcard written by my GRANDMOTHER (who died before I was born) written to the woman who was my childhood babysitter and her next door neighbor showing a hint of our family cottage at the lake! I did a post on it eons ago. I stood at the vendor's booth and cried.

Well, now I know what I'm doing today!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Lynne, what a lovely collection of cards. It is wonderful that they each have a special meaning for you, happy memories. Enjoy your day and the weekend ahead!

Kim said...

I don't collect, but I do save my own and I love looking back at the sentiments, dates and occasions celebrated. That's always fun! Jeanie's story of finding her grandmother's card is amazing. Very cool!

Beth @ PlantPostings said...

So very sweet that the dates and messages have special meaning for you. Also sweet that you often share them with others. I have a special appreciation of Victorian decorations--not so much the times and the values, but the pure beauty of the designs.

Cranberry Morning said...

The old cards had a sweet innocence to them, for the most part. I especially like some of the WWI and WWII. I like the words you chose at the end. Hope you're having a nice Valentine's week, Lynne.

Musings from Kim K. said...

Such beautiful graphics and sayings. I much prefer older cards over the store-bought style now. I hope you aren't too buried under snow today.

John Gray said...

Arnt they lovely

bj said...

awww,this is just the your cards and love you, too. :)

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Hello Lynne
Oh I love this post!
I love old cards and postcards too, you have a fine collection!
The Forget-me-nots are my favourites.
This is a good lesson for us all, to write a thoughtful message on the cards we send - who knows who will end up reading them!!!
When I'm in France I buy them at the Brocantes and I often include them in a collage when I'm back home!
My mother was born in 1910 as well so we are a similar age and I see we have similar interests too!

Pamela Gordon said...

You have a beautiful collection of Valentine post cards Lynne. I love the one with the forget-me-nots on it. It's so pretty. I have a shoebox full of post cards that I, mostly, have received in my life but some are older than me too. They are so fun and interesting. Great post!

Liz said...

I love all of the old Valentine cards! I could get lost in a booth at an antique shop just sitting and reading all of the messages! My grandma saved my dads old valentines from his school days (he will be 80 next year) I feel blessed that they were passed on to me. Great post!