I refer to this card as having a Christmas garland. The card is technically a Happy New Year postcard as you can see from the French greeting at the bottom: Heureuse Année. And technically, this French postcard was printed in Austria. All technicalities aside, this is an adorable and unique novelty postcard. To clarify what you are seeing in the photos and direct scans, the string of silver garland is on the outer layers of the card. The garland is attached to a thin protective sheeting of onion paper, which has in turn, been attached to layer over the Victorian die-cut. My theory is that originally the garland was to be taken off and used on a holiday tree or even perhaps as a decoration on an epiphany gift. Then, the protective sheath could be removed and the cute little cherub would be front and center, center of attention, on the card. Again, that's just my theory. As it is, the layers are all still intact 107 years later (though loose in spots)! Verso, we see that Alma mailed this card to Alfred (her brother, perhaps?) on Dec. 22, 1909. She writes, "Good and happy year. I wish you health, happiness, prosperity. Alma Renault Campbellton." As a P.S., she mentions, "The captain will not return until the beginning of January." Size: about 3.5 by 5.5 inches. The card shows some wear (top corner creased; wear at corner tips), but nothing so severe as to detract from its charm. Especially considering its age, this card is in overall fine antique condition.
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