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Christmas postcards from the ’20s

By john workman  |  Posted: December 24, 2012

A Christmas postcard sent to Edith Perkions in Dudley in the early 1920's.

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Back in August we featured several picture postcards from the collection of Edith Perkins of Dudley, that were kindly brought to our attention by Cyril and Eunice Burrows, and in keeping with the festive season here are four more from the collection, all sent to Edith when she was a young girl in the 1920s.

The first has a cluster of holly leaves with accompanying red berries, and the largest leaf has been used to frame a scene from the countryside. The top picture, in a separate oval frame, has two women wending their home at sunset and no doubt looking forward to a warm fire and a hot toddy. The words sum up the true festive spirit: "I wish You every lasting Joy this Christmas-tide dear friend. Fun and Laughter, Mirth and Song and Gladness without end."

 The little lad weighed down with mistletoe, has a simple message, "Christmas! Christmas! Hang up the mistletoe, to bring all Joy and Gladness and everyone a Beau!" The greeting card showing a bunch of wild flowers is perhaps more in keeping with a design for Easter, but the message is clearly for Christmas: "Here's wishing you this Xmas, best of cheer, good health, much luck and those who love you near."

The last in this quartet was sent to Edith at Christmas 1923, and shows a jolly looking Santa traipsing through the snow witha Christmas tree and presents.

The words are our sentiments to everyone this Christmastide: "May joy your heart with gladness fill, this festive season of goodwill."

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