At the turn-of-the-century in Iowa City, penny postcards were the very best way to send holiday greetings to friends ‘cross town or ‘cross the country. Here are a few postcards in Our Iowa Heritage penny postcard collection that feature Christmas themes. Enjoy!
(P-0194) Here’s a 1909 Penny Postcard Christmas Greeting from “The Kid” – a care-free student at SUI: “Am alive and able to use as much bad language as ever. How are you and the rest of the bunch out that way (in Solon). Now get a wiggle on you this trip or I’ll have to come and see you and you can guess what that means.”
(P-0277) ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas – postmarked in Iowa City on December 20, 1910.
(P-0253) Christmas 1908 greetings to SUI Professor Benjamin Shambaugh and family.
Check out our salute to Thomas Nast – America’s great turn-of-the-century political cartoonist who created America’s first illustrations of Santa Claus. Here we feature eighteen Thomas Nast’s Christmas drawings – all illustrations originally published in Harper’s Weekly and then again collectively in Thomas Nast’s Christmas Drawings for the Human Race, first published by Harper Brothers in 1890.
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