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Friday, December 20, 2013

Old Handmade Christmas Cards made by my Grandfather



The Christmas card shows a picture of my mother, born 1919.  I like the garland spelling the word MOM with my mother's photo inside.

There are now two children in the family, see in upper window.  I would have loved to have seen 1923, 1924 and 1925, but they weren't in the collection.

This card is also a birth announcement for another child.  The sisters are shown with their brother.  My grandfather probably had the cards completed before the birth, and wrote in the name and date.

My grandfather absolutely loved England, and went many times.

I found an article which appeared in The Hartford Courant, Dec. 14, 1976. "The Peck Memorial Library (Berlin, CT) announced Monday the opening of a new exhibit of more than 40 Christmas cards. The exhibit, titled 'Christmas From the Bishops,' will feature cards sent by the Earle K. Bishops of Kensington section from 1921 to 1976." This month, I will be posting several of my grandfather's cards.

This was made in 1921, three years after they married.

Note: I have about 30 in his collection. Each card was posted in December 2009.



4 comments:

Diane B said...

Fascinating! So he had a single-color card printed, and hand colored what he wanted? So lovely! People must have looked forward to those.

Barbara Poole said...

Thanks Diane. After he died, all his personal items were displayed in a lg. room, and we could take what we wanted. Nobody wanted the cards, so I took them all (I guess they already had a set). He also did birthday cards, and continued doing all cards until his 80s.

John D. Tew said...

What great family mementos!

Barbara Poole said...

Thanks John. His later cards were mostly of places where they traveled, they visited all the major countries, summered in England, wintered in Florida! What a life.