Monday, December 22, 2014

Map: Greetings from Minnesota

Minnesota —area 84,682 sq. miles, of which 3,824 sq. miles is water; 10,000 lakes; 11th state in size; admitted to the Union in 1858. State Flower - Moccasin Flower. Capital - St. Paul.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

A Child's Christmas -- It's Magic

Here is a set of five PHQ cards showing the 1987 British Christmas stamps issued on 17 November 1987.

Decorating the Christmas Tree

Waiting for Father Christmas

Sleeping Child and Father Christmas in Sleigh

Child Reading

Child Playing a Flute and Snowman

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

A Christmas Gift of Furniture: December 1911

"Old Santa Claus never devised a better Xmas Gift than a good piece of furniture. . . Let furniture head your list or Xmas purchases and begin shopping at this store."

This is an advertising postcard with a December 1911 calendar. It was mailed from Hastings, Michigan in 1911 by Miller & Harris Furniture Co. The postcard is copyright 1911 by J. W. Gorman, Chi.

Friday, December 19, 2014

GGIE: Elephant Train

Elephant Trains touring Treasure Island pass the Colonnade of states and the Federal Buildings.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

An Old-Fashioned Christmas Tree

This real photo postcard of a Christmas tree was mailed from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania in early January, a few weeks after Christmas. The year date is unreadable, but is probably 1908 or 1909 (divided backs were not allowed before 1907, and newer one-cent stamps were issued in December 1908).

The main part of the message on the back is about a sick Grandpa. A sentence referring to the Christmas tree is added sidewise "This is our Xmas tree it is not good of it."  The photo may not be ideal, or capture the true beauty of the tree, but it is good enough to show a lot of interesting details.

At the top of the photo, there is a garland near the ceiling. I don't see a tree topper--the top of the tree appears to be flattened where it touches the ceiling.

An enlargement of the center section of the tree shows a variety of Christmas ornaments and decorations.

On the right side, near the top, we can see one of the large angel decorations and the wallpaper pattern. The angel would be at least partly made up of printed paper "scraps." The wallpaper is a type of Victorian wallpaper pattern that was popular until about 1908 (source). There were separate coordinating rolls for wall, border, and ceiling.

A variety of presents are shown under the tree behind a fence. These include a wrapped package, books, and an elaborate game board (can anyone identify the game?).

Farther back, on the left side, there are some buildings and a gun.

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Christmas Through the Eyes of a Child

Here is a set of five PHQ cards showing the 1981 British Christmas stamps issued on 18 November 1981. The stamps reproduced art by children of various ages that was entered in a Blue Peter competition. The competition received 74,000 entries (source).

Father Christmas

A Mosaic Collage of Christ

A Christmas Angel

The Journey of Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem

The Three Kings Outside Bethlehem

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