This Happy New Year (Bonne Annee in French) greeting card was sent to Claudette from Marius on Dec. 30, 1943. Imagine: the war has been going on for 4 years, part of France is occupied by the Nazis and you receive this message: "At the occasion of the new year I wish you a good and happy year, thus good health and happiness for 1944. I hope you are healthy and as for me, all goes well. I had a good trip Monday. Waiting to see you, I send you my most tender kisses although I have not yet dared to kiss you." Marius goes on to say something about going or not going somewhere on Jan. 9?? He signs off by saying, "He who thinks of you often and loves you dearly. Happy New Year." Since a war was going on, we'll forgive Marius for not having his picture made to put in the center of the card on the front. The embroidery and thread colors are superb.The white embossed border/frame is in near mint condition, especially considering it is white and it is 71 years old. Note the pale blue ribbon that holds the card together. The card measures about 3.5 by 5.25 inches; 7 inches across when opened. As the photos show, on the inside flap, one can see the glue used to hold the oval white cutout but it doesn't show through to the front. There are a couple of green threads that are slightly frayed, but again, in my opinion, this card is in incredible vintage condition. Most embroidered cards are stained with lots of foxing marks. Except for the spots on the back side, this one looks like it was bought last week. Perhaps you'll want to add a picture of your loved one in the center!
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