We are always buying postcards and photos from before 1950 - email us at circa1910@tampabay.rr.com.

Sunday, March 16, 2014


Today we usually buy modern postcards to record or share views from our trips, but at the turn-of-the-century, postcards were used for many different kinds of correspondence.  Beautiful designs were published to celebrate holidays, to send congratulations, get well and birthday wishes and to offer invitations to social events.  Our first invitation shows art deco styling and has the details filled in.  It is a flat card, postmarked 1908.   

The Christening invitation above is richly embossed with vivid colors and gold added to the background behind the mother and baby.  It's an outstanding design, very eye-catching with a clever clock to indicate the time of the event.  Unused, divided back.  

Another unused invitation is above, copyrighted 1910 for a children's party.  It has a space for the time the party ends as well as a line for the time the party begins...maybe parents at the turn-of-the-century (like today's parents) looked forward to the moment when the guests began heading home after the festivities!    

Here's a more general invitation published by B. B. London with a divided back,  fancy golden lettering, purple blossoms and nice embossing.  Who could resist such an elegant invitation?

If you collect Sunday School or Rally Day postcards, you probably already have some bright invitations.  Here's one with the children's faces in a moon and stars, a fun design with the details written in.  This is a divided back flat postcard.

Halloween party invitations have some unusual and amusing artwork - here we see mice with extra-long tails decorating a ghostly design.    

Below are two Tuck-published invitations with exceptional artwork.  On these postcards, the invitation itself is printed on the back in the message section, leaving the front for gorgeous images.  Verna has not included the date and time, although she signed the invitation with the children on it.  The little clown card is unused.  These are both divided back flat postcards.


Invitation postcards come in so many different 
styles that it's hard to generalize about price. The postcards in this post vary in price from about $5.00 to about $20.00 with the Tuck-
published images being the most 
expensive.  Overall, the finer or fancier the image, the higher the price.

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