Vintage Tablecloths

Sharing vintage tablecloths ~ and other vintage treasures that capture my attention. Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Vintage Holiday Card Ephemera

"Paper items that were originally meant to be discarded after use,
but have since become collectible."
(according to Merriam-Webster)
Don't know about you, but I'm so thankful they were saved for our enjoyment!
Some of the cards are postmarked 1911, 1912, 1916 and 1918.
These pictures speak a thousand I'll let them speak.
(Sigh - greeting cards aren't what they used to be)

Love the printed wishes...
and the personal sentiments...
some close ups ~ imperfect but still perfect~ in my opinion

This one is velvety

Nothing like a vintage St. Nick!
& speaking of...
couldn't leave you without a photo of my vintage Santa Claus tablecloth.
And my sweet pup Doyle ~
once again yearning at the window!
Would love to hear from you if you also enjoy vintage ephemera! 
Thanks so much for stopping by, hope you enjoyed this
photo heavy post! 
This week I'm linking with:  
Thrifty Things Friday at the Thrifty Groove
Share your cup Thursday  at have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson
REDNESDAY! at It's A Very Cherry World
You're Gonna Love It Tuesday at Kathe With an E


  1. Oh your Christmas cards are so pretty! It makes me feel so cheery and festive.

    May the peace and joy of the season be yours.

  2. Such a lovely collection of cards! Don't you just love reading old postcards? I hate that people have almost quit sending them altogether.

  3. I just love old Christmas cards, (and new ones too). Especially the forest scenes and snow! Thanks for sharing.

  4. I love vintage ephemera! Christmas is the best but other holiday cards are also great. You have a very nice collection! hugs, Linda

  5. I also LOVE vintage cards/paper! It is awesome! Also LOVE your vintage Santa tablecloth! Very Cool!
    It's fun to see gals collections, thanks for sharing.

  6. I love Doyle! I nominate myself to doggie sit :)

    Pam! Love love love your Santa cloth, I've never seen one like it. So much fun!

    I love old paper of any sort but especially cards, what a great collection you've got. I'm always fascinated by the eloquence of the sentiments and the beautiful handwriting, both seem to be a lost art.

    Happy happy holidays to you!

    1. Trust me, if you didn't live on the opposite coast, I would take you up on that doggie sitting! :)

  7. love the ephemera but REALLY LOVE the Tablecloth! What a beauty!

    PS: Find anything at the Goodwill Outlet??!

    1. Thanks! Got a few things at Goodwill, nothing to brag about. Did get a pretty "newer" Christmas embroidered tablecloth.

  8. Your vintage Christmas cards are fab! I've been looking for a few to add to my Christmas decorating but haven't been so lucky...and your tablecloth is sweeeet!!! Saw similar candleholders at the GW last night but priced too high for my liking!

    1. Thanks Astrid, I can't remember where I found those candleholders, but know I didn't pay much.

  9. You've got a really wonderful card collection! I grab them whenever I see them cheap. The graphics are so charming, and new ones just can't compare. And of course I'm crazy about that tablecloth!
    Happy REDnesday!

  10. I so enjoy the retro cards.

    Visiting from Rednesday. Come and join me in my Countdown to Kitschmas.

  11. These vintage cards speak volumes, I think they are beautiful. I agree the messages used to be so lovely.

  12. Love your cards and that tablecloth is wonderful. I have never seen that one before!! I have a small collection of vintage postcards, greeting cards and calling cards. Doyle looks very cute there gazing out the window.

  13. When I was little we had the most charmingly lovely elderly neighbors several houses down the street from us named Flo and Fern. They were well into their 80s, but as sharp as a tack and their home with loaded with vintage treasures. One Christmas Flo gave my family a little pile of Christmas cards from the 40s and 50s from her collection. I was about ten at the time, and was in vintage ephemera heaven. Sadly those cards were lost to the hands of time after my parents divorce, but whenever I see a collection or good sized group of them displayed in one go, such as your wonderful ones here, I'm instantly reminded of Flo's lovely gift and collection.

    ♥ Jessica

  14. Such a beautiful collection, cards were so sentimental and beautifully illustrated back then! Thank you for sharing them :)

  15. I like that definition of ephemera much better than the one that my daughter's (high school) teacher gave her class last month, something like "printed papers meant to be thrown away!" Thank you for sharing your beautiful cards, and that fabulous tablecloth!! :) --Fran

  16. Pam, thanks for the heads up about my blog name not showing up on your sidebar! I had noticed that there was just a dot instead of the title in the window tab when I was on my blog, but didn't think anything of it. It's now fixed. Thanks again, and have a great weekend!

  17. That dot is still there on your sidebar, so I think that you will have to recopy my URL if you still want me there! Sometimes Blogger can be a real pain....

    1. Whew, I think I got it all done Carol...a lot of work, but you're so worth it! :) Thanks for letting me know you fixed it. Pam

  18. Love that tablecloth - that is just so retro!!!

  19. Wow! I enjoy looking at the beautiful penmanship that used to be taught and required in our school systems. Such pretty script on the back of those postcards.

  20. What a wonderful collection of vintage Christmas cards! And that tablecloth is amazing!! I love it! Thank you for sharing your beautiful vintage treasures with us at TTF last week. I hope you are having a terrific day!

  21. Oh my gosh Pam! That vintage tablecloth is amazing!! Is it "new"? I don't remember you showing it last year or before. Wow, it's wonderful!!



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