The Lost Art of the New Year’s Card

A hundred years ago and more, people sent each other cards wishing good fortune and prosperity in the coming new year. Often these cards were postcards, and contained various elements meant to represent luck and wealth. Commonly used items include: four leafed clovers or shamrocks; bags of money; ladybugs; red-spotted mushrooms (Amanita muscaria); angels, fairies, or gnomes; pigs; and of course, champagne.

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A New Year’s Day card originally published in Belgium, from which I have made a reproduction card

In the US we seem to have lost the habit of sending cards for New Year’s Day, but those in Europe continue to do so. My cousin C., who spent part of his childhood in France and who travels there as often as he can, has a whole group of friends to whom he sends cards for New Year’s.

The French, in particular are still fond of sending cards for New Year’s Day, and many of the vintage postcards I have in my collection are from France, although the Scandinavian countries come a close second behind the French in this regard.

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A dual-purpose card by Einar Nerman, of Sweden, circa the ’20s.

Often cards from Sweden or Denmark are combination Christmas and New Year’s Day cards. They are the ones most likely to have pigs in them, for some reason it seems a popular tradition.

The Victorian English had their New Year’s cards too, and they were often some of the oddest. Several bloggers have posted about them, and are well worth the reading and viewing. Margaret Buffie has a wonderful collection of them on her blog (mostly Christmas, but some dual holiday.) She and I have several of the same cards in our collections.

One of my personal favorites in the whimsical/odd categories is this one, with a group of owls wishing us the compliments of the season as they dance under a full moon, accompanied by a frog footman who is carrying a roast mouse for their holiday supper.

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There really seems no end to the wonderful images that are found on vintage New Year’s cards, and I hope to expand my offerings of reproduction cards for that holiday soon. For those of you who still send cards for holidays, (or enjoy them as prints and other items), do stop by and check out my Etsy store, where I have hundreds of wonderful reproductions of vintage images available.

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:

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!

Being Inspired

Today not one but two of my cards have been featured in a Treasury on Etsy, so I am feeling doubly blessed! The Curator is thinking about selling herself on Etsy, and made a Treasury of some of the items that have inspired her to bring her own art to the site soon.

Here are the two cards I was lucky enough to have featured by her:

A fun mermaid image by artist Willy Pogany

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And a lovely work from an illustration by Jane Mary Dealy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

By the light of the moon…

Another of my cards was featured in a lovely lunar Treasury on Etsy today, titled Moon, by Nadiah Abuswai. In it you’ll find rings, necklaces, even a wall clock! And my cute Bunny Moon card too:

A white rabbit dreams under a crescent moon shaped like a sailing ship.

Irish Setters on Etsy

One of my cards was featured in a charming Treasury on Etsy today, highlighting all things Irish Setter! It’s titled My Big Beautiful Irish Setter, and includes prints, jewelry, a weathervane, and of course, my greeting card. Stop by and check it out if you’re a fan of these wonderful dogs.

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Little Chooks!

This great Etsy Treasury, Flown The Coop, includes a host of fun chicken-themed items, including one of my favorite cards made from a vintage photograph, showing a little girl holding her pet rooster by her side. If you’re a fan of all things poultry, step on over to Etsy and check it out!

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