Life with Leo

March 17, 2011

Vintage St. Patrick’s Day Post Cards

Filed under: post cards — fehlhaber @ 11:05 am

I was curious about the imagery used one hundred years ago.  Out of 17 different card designs, no leprechauns!  Harps appear on 5 cards; white smoking pipes, scenery (esp. castles) and poems all appear on 7 cards, and shamrocks appear on all 17 cards.  Enjoy!

From the Leo A. Newell collection,  1909-1912.  From Sent from Ashland and Pleasant Plains, Illinois by Alma Newell, Bertha Newell, Uncle Tom (Butler), Aunt Mollie (Mary Butler Doolin), and Bertie (Alberta) Newell.





  1. Looks like the butt end of a key maybe he had found the pot of gold !!! ?? Did i see a date on one of the cards 3-17-11 NOT THIS YEAR !!!

    Comment by Nana — March 19, 2011 @ 6:10 am

  2. That’s right, Mary — 100 years ago exactly! My great uncle, whose cards these were, was born on March 16, so I think that’s why he got so many St. Patrick’s Day cards. A key, eh?

    Comment by Kristen — March 19, 2011 @ 9:22 pm

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