Friday, 1 December 2017

Advent Calendar Day 1: Letterbox

Julie over at Julie's Scrapbook is organising a Christmas Advent Scavenger Hunt, and I’m joining in. The idea is to post something each day from the 1st to the 24th December while following the prompts provided by Julie. The prompt for today is...Letterbox


This first prompt gives me the perfect opportunity to share a couple of vintage Christmas cards with you. They are pasted inside an old scrap album which once belonged to a little boy called Teddy. I never knew Teddy, but I know from an inscription on the first page that his mummy and daddy gave him the album on Christmas Day 1933. 


It's amazing how vibrant the colours are after so many decades. 


The covers are a bit worse for wear, but inside is still beautiful.

Tomorrow something handcrafted for Christmas - goodness knows what it will be, but I had best get looking! 

38 comments:

  1. That album was a great find, and I LOVE the sweet postcards. Have a great weekend, hugs, Valerie

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    1. Thanks so much Valerie, you too. Hugs & smiles :)

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  2. wow. you are correct - those colours are vibrant! I do love that old style of print - wonder if it was initially printed using lino?

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    1. The colours really sing out, no photoshopping required.
      I’m unsure how they were produced, they could be lino or possibly even woodcuts. If anyone reading this has any idea, please leave a comment.

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  3. I didn't get mail today,
    The postman didn't call,
    No letter box rattling,
    No letters in the hall,

    No dinner reservations,
    No flights to Istanbul,
    No romantic entanglement,
    First of December is so cruel.

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    1. Great words Willie and perfect for this post – but I would have sent you a postcard had I known how you were feeling.

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  4. How I'd LOVE to participate...but have no time. But as always, I am enjoying the memories that pop up to surface as I look at these beautiful illustrations. Peace to you dear friend!

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    1. I can understand that Anita, and I wouldn’t have joined in had I still been working. As it is I’m not sure I will have time to do a post every single-day, but I will give it my best shot. I hope your week will be a happy one, hugs Barbara

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  5. Fun idea.
    Mailboxes sure looked different back then.

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  6. You nailed the letterbox! That's pretty adorable and I just love it! Aren't those illustrations fabulous?

    Wish I had the time to participate in a daily challenge but I'll really look forward to visiting you!

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    1. That is really kind of you Jeanie, and you will be very welcome.
      I’m not sure I’ve got the time to participate really, but I will do my best.

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  7. Oh I love those pictures, they are great
    Julie xxxxxx

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  8. The colors really are so vibrant after all this time! Wow!

    Looking forward to all your posts. :)

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    1. That is really sweet of you, thanks Stephanie.

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  9. I remember books with pictures like these. I wasn't here in 1933 though!
    xx

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    1. I wasn't here then either but I do love images from that time. Hugs Barbara

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  10. I've enjoyed the vintage images. Thanks for sharing.
    Arilx

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    1. It is my pleasure Aril, thanks for coming over.

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  11. BEAUTIFUL cards! Your collection is awesome, Barbara. I so enjoy your posts! Advent is going to be fun to see what surprises you have for us. Cheering you on for cheering us up!Thank you!

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    1. Dear Colleen, you always say the nicest things, it makes blogging so worthwhile, thank you. Hugs Barbara

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  12. These are all lovely, but my favourite is your first one ...
    Our first Christmas card was received today and sits on the shelf - I'm sure it will be joined by many others shortly.

    Happy December Wishes

    All the best Jan

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    1. I like that first one too, but I also like the second one. :)
      I hope more cards arrived for you today.
      Hugs Barbara

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  13. I wonder if Teddy is still alive? The post box in the first picture must have been quite up-to-date at the time as it has the initial 'G' for George.

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    1. I wondered about that too. He would have been five or so (I assume) when he was given the album which would make him around ninety now. As always, I wish I could find out.

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  14. I can't believe I missed this post. Those vintage cards are wonderful. Very British and a wonderful sign of times gone by.

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    1. I don’t usually post on a Friday so it’s easy to see why you nearly missed it. Thanks for coming over today and for leaving a comment. Happy December.

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  15. Perfect post for the letterbox theme! :)

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  16. What a fun thing to do, Barbara. Love that scrap book!

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    1. I'm thoroughly enjoying it Darlene, and it's open to everyone if you would like to join in.

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  17. Love these fabulous illustrations. x

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    1. There is something very special about old Christmas cards - they are just so pretty! x

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  18. I truly love these images!!! Thank you! Big Hugs!

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  19. Hi Barbara, I'm catching up and even though I won't comment on all of these posts, I am going to read them. This illustration is so delightful. I love your Christmas theme. Now off to read the others....

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    1. It’s so kind of you to read them all Diane, thank you!

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Barbara xx

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