Weird Victorian Christmas Cards

Victorians had some odd habits, one of which was to send each other Christmas cards which were, to put it mildly, a little weird.

Because I collect vintage ephemera, as well as sell it and use it to make reproduction items, I’ve long been fond of cataloging some of the odder Victorian cards. Many use animals in anthropomorphic poses doing unexpected things.

Some I’ve purchased, some just done screen shots of, because they can be hideously expensive, and I can only justify spending so much on a 100+ year old piece of paper, no matter how fantastic and bizarre.

I’ve made the ones I’ve purchased into repro items in my Etsy shop, but thought I’d post a gallery of some of those which have tickled my fancy the most.

This is one of my favorites, The Kindly Robin, which shows a prosperous bird family donating to some downtrodden beggar birds:
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Another of my favorites is The Dancing Owls with their frog footman, carrying a roast mouse for their holiday feast: WMNew Year Owls 200

Then there’s The Owl and the Pussycat, in a more morbid twist of that phrase:
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And these three Fish Eating Dinner:
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Victorians had a particular passion for plum pudding, as in The Jesters card shows:
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And this great card showing the Robin Cook and the Plum Pudding:
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Now here are some really odd ones (which I did not purchase and which I have not retouched or cleaned up in any way), a gallery for your amusement:

A bee wearing an apron and a bizarre flower with a big nose:
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A fish who’s been fishing.
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A blind man about to be run down by a runaway horse in the road:
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Ducks ice skating:
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Stingray fishermen. What more is there to say?
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And there’s a whole subset of these cards devoted to insects. Here are a few:

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And best of all, insects dancing with a frog. Gotta love it!
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I hope these odd beauties have given you pleasure, enjoy the holiday season!

Valentine’s Day Cards – Show Your Love!

Last year my Aunt D (my biggest fan and supporter) grumbled that I didn’t have enough depth and breadth in my Valentine’s Day cards in my Etsy shop. So for about the past month I’ve been working hard to get some new items in there for her to buy.

Greeting Card from Vintage PostcardOne of my favorites is a card I made from a vintage French real photo postcard. It shows a studio shot of a little girl posed as if she’s sitting in a chimney on a rooftop during a snowstorm. The photographer dressed her in a set of adorable wings, and then after printing the photo, hand colored it to add bits of gold and color to her outfit. As an image I find it simply wonderful, especially with the expression on her face.

1920s Owl Card

My Aunt D is also very fond of Valentines from the 1920s or so, and I’ve been working on some of those for her as well. As I went through my collection of same, I found one that had been my mom’s before she died, and which was clearly intended for my aunt and uncle (they all share a love of owls, long family story.) So I cleaned it up in Photoshop and listed it as a card for her, so cute!

I hope you’ll all send your loved ones a real paper card for Valentine’s Day. Email cards are all very well and good, but nothing shows your love like a real card, hand inscribed, and dropped in the mail. See my store for lots more cards for Valentine’s Day and any other reason you can think of!

The Horsey Set

Tonight my husband and I are attending a meeting at the Kentucky Horse Council, so I’ve been working pulling together a group of horse themed greeting cards to donate to the door prizes. One of my favorites of these is a lovely card by artist Aleardo Terzi, from a vintage postcard, circa 1918. In it we can see a young woman holding the bridle of a white horse. It’s available as a card, print, bookplate, or fabric block in my Etsy store now:
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Gearing up for Halloween

I’ve listed some really nice Halloween images in my Etsy stores lately, both for cards and fabric (and of course, prints, bookplates, magnets etc.)

This first image is a classic image from Gil Elvgren, a pinup girl dressed as a witch, riding a broom (on a photographer’s set it appears) across a big yellow moon. Love his racy, saucy girls, they’re just the best!

Buying multiple items from the same seller on eBay

I thought I would do a short blog post on how to purchase multiple cards from my eBay store, KatyDids Cards. It’s not too hard, and here are the steps:

  • Find the item you want to purchase. If it comes in multiples, like my cards do, highlight the number in the Quantity box, and put in how many you wish to purchase.
  • Then, if you don’t want to buy any other cards in my store (but of course you do!) you can click the Buy It Now box and go through the dialogues there to pay with PayPal.
  • If you do want to check out the other great cards and items I have in my store (well yeah!), then click the button to Add to Cart, and hit the back button on your browser to take you back to my store categories. Then when you’ve found more items you want to buy, keep adding them to your cart.
  • Once you’re done filling your cart, hit the Proceed to Checkout button, and simply follow your usual routine to pay using PayPal.
  • This allows you to make just one payment via PayPal (not multiples), and streamlines the whole process for both of us!

Here’s how the screen looks when adding things to your Shopping Cart:

More Fun on Etsy

Two more Treasuries! It’s always such a pleasure to be included in a creative Treasury on Etsy, not the least of reasons is that it encourages me to seek outside my box, as it were, and discover things I might not find otherwise.

Today my wonderful Cowboy Couple card is included in this Treasury: Rodeo, which is full of all things Western.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And my New Moon Bunny fabric block is included in an eclectic group titled Monday Loves:

Busy Etsians!

Have several attractive Treasuries to show off today, all of which include one of my cards (natch.)

The first is Angels Among Us . . . which has a host of angelic images and items, and a sad undertone. It’s worth the trip over to check it out. The curator included my card based on a vintage real photo image

The second Treasury I was lucky enough to be featured in is Falling of the rain….. which included my Frogs with Umbrella card:

The third is Voyage Dans La Lune (A Trip To The Moon), which includes my very popular Bunny Moon card:

Thanks to you all, and keep up the good work!