Saturday, 2 August 2014

Peek-a-boo it's for you; a collection of vintage greeting cards

I adore vintage greetings cards so finding this collection rather made my day!  The cards were given to a little girl called ‘Briony’ between her birth on the 28th December 1946 and her second birthday in 1948. As much as I love these, I can’t keep everything (as Terry is happy to remind me) so these are listed for sale on my website.  If you would like further details, please follow the links. I'm always happy to reduce prices for job lots.

Peek-A-Boo -  unused miniature greeting card. This adorable card is a little creased but other than that it's in perfect condition. The wording inside reads 'It's for you'. Now sold, thank you for your interest.


Congratulations to Baby and you. This delightful die cut card features a baby in a crib surrounded by flowers. The verse inside reads - rejoicing in your happiness, sincerely wishing too that life and love may always bless your little one and you! This card is now sold, thank you for your interest.


Happy Landings. This pretty card was produced in 1946 as part of the Victor and Mabel Evershed range. It was given to Briony on the occasion of her birth on the 28th December 1946. Inside reads - Congratulations! I hear the great Little Person has arrived. It's signed by Vi and Eric with every good wish. Hand coloured flowers at the bottom of the card and a pink ribbon bow. The illustration is signed 'LP' there is a little browning to the centre of the card but is otherwise in good condition.



Tom Tom the Pipers son stole a pig and away he ran, over the hills and far away to wish you luck on your first birthday.

Good luck from Tom, good luck from me for this and every year, may life be bright as bright can be and bless you, baby dear!   If you look closely you might spot the farmer chasing after Tom. These tiny details really bring the card to life.  

For Baby's Very First Birthday Super greetings card from 1947. "Creeping here and reaching there, bright eyes searching everywhere, may your eager heart find, too, this Happy Birthday wish for you!" With hand written message "Love & kisses, darling from Auntie Tubby." Sweet black and white image on the inside of a baby with a teddy, toy dog and rattle. This card is now sold, thank you for your interest.

Birthday Wishes now you're ONE YEAR OLD today! Lovely card given to Briony on her first birthday in 1947. Delightful verse inside reads - Everyone knows, from your head to your toes you're a Darling! So this will convey fond love, and the very best wishes of all, to greet your first birthday today. Hand written greeting 'From Gerda To Briony x' This card is now sold, thank you for your interest.


Two original vintage gift tags; Two of the prettiest little gift tags you are ever likely to find.  Both are used, and both were attached to parcels given to 'Briony' for Christmas 1947.The first shows a hand coloured rabbit with a red bow and a lovely fluffy white tail. The message on the card reads To Briony with lots of love from Barbara Merry Christmas. The other shows a windmill with the words To Dear little Briony from Nellie with love. I'm sure it would be very difficult to find two others quite like these.

Hickory Dickory Dock Part of the Alpha Series made in Britain. Folding nursery rhyme card 'Hickory Dickory Dock the mouse ran up the clock! The clock struck one the mouse ran down! Hickory Dickory Dock. Many Happy Returns! Message reads - With love & kisses from Gillian xxx. Pretty colour illustrations inside and out.



Here is Teddy watch him run Charming die cut card "Here is Teddy watch him run to greet you on the day you're one" produced by G. Delgado, London in 1947. Message on back reads ‘With lots of love and kisses'  Single sheet die-cut card. This card is now sold, thank you for your interest.

 A Christmas Smacker Delightful die-cut card featuring a smiling 'sailor' duck. Card stands 6" tall. I just love this happy smiling chap in his sailor outfit.  There is a sweet verse, inside - Here's a LUCKY CHRISTMAS DUCKY! He's really quite a "QUACKER" - For he's bringing you a CHRISTMAS HUG and a great big CHRISTMAS "SMACKER"! The card was given to Briony in 1948, but the handwritten greeting just reads "with love from Nicolas" This card is now sold, thank you for your interest.

Peek-A-Boo - I see you!

Thank you for taking the time to look at some of my vintage greeting cards.

30 comments:

  1. Another lovely selection, I especially love the Here Is Teddy card. A shame that political correctness means you very rarely (if ever) see a golly on a card, I loved mine as a child.

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    1. Hello Tracy, I agree with you. I understand all the arguments against poor old golly, but these cards were produced a long time ago and are too beautiful to throw away. I loved my golly every bit as much as my teddy and dolls when I was little, they were all just playthings with no harm intended. Thanks for calling in, I hope everything is going well for you – keep having those check-ups and maybe take life a little easy for a while. Barbara x

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  2. Hello lovely Barbara!

    Oh these cards are simply gorgeous <3

    Have a perfect weekend x

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    1. Hello, yourself lovely Yvonne!

      I enjoyed your latest post and look forward to hearing about your recent adventure.

      The cards are pretty special aren’t they? It’s hard to imagine why Briony or her family gave them away, but I’m glad they did because I’ve been able to enjoy them for a while.

      Enjoy the weekend. x

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  3. These cards are far too beautiful to give away.

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    1. Hi Roger, I agree with you and don’t really understand how they ended up in an auction. I’m glad they did because I’ve enjoyed them for a while and hope they will soon have another loving home.
      Thanks for your comment, Barbara.

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  4. HELLO THERE! My friend, your finds are priceless to me! I'd have a very difficult time selling these, for they have a special and tender way about them.....I still have a tiny little vintage card (and will keep it all my life) of similar style. I've said it before, but this era of art in books and cards expresses an ideal that I wish still existed in every day life. They are a treasure, and so are you.

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    1. Hello Anita, your lovely comments always make my day, thank you! It’s hard to imagine why these cards were sold, but as I said to Roger, I’m glad they were. I’ve enjoyed looking after them (and looking at them) for a while, and now it’s the turn of someone else. It would be nice to think they might stay together, the Mabel Lucie Attwell ones I sold last year all went to the same new owner so maybe these will too.
      Enjoy the weekend Anita. Hugs Barbara

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  5. These are wonderful. I actually remember getting cards them what I was a child. I wish they still made them this nice.

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    1. So do I Alex! Some of the magic has been lost over the years, or maybe that’s just me getting old. Thanks for calling in, Barbara.

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  6. What beautiful cards! They have so much charm to them and are so sweet. My favorite is the Peek-A-Boo one- it is just adorable. The cards have something about them that make them seem personal, which I really like. Thanks for sharing these with us!

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    1. Hello Stephanie, I like the Peek-a-boo one too. It is very sweet. Maybe the cards feel extra special and personal because they all belonged to the same little girl. Thank you for leaving a comment.

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  7. Hello Barbara,

    Such a wonderful selection of cards and they are all very sweet.
    I still have a few little old vintage cards that I received from my dear family and friends like these, that I have kept.
    Hope you are enjoying your weekend and many thanks for the kind visit to my blog.
    hugs
    Carolyn

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    1. Hello Carolyn, when our son was born, I pasted all his cards into scrap albums but the problem is we’ve moved house several times, and they’ve been put somewhere for ‘safe keeping’ and I have absolutely no idea where that is! Our son is 41 this year so it would be interesting to see how much cards have changed since he was born. I really must have a hunt around for them – but not today – the suns shining so it’s out to the garden.
      Have a lovely Sunday, Barbara x

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  8. It's amazing that these cards have survived so long, it makes them extra special I think.

    jean x

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    1. Hello Jean, I agree and they must have been well looked after as they are in really nice condition. Thanks for calling in. Barbara.

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  9. I rather like the idea of 67-year-old Briony stumbling across your blog and finding these cards! Who knows?

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    1. Now that would be something! I do hope the cards were put into auction with her knowledge.
      Briony if you are reading this please leave a comment!

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  10. OMG ! You have brought these squares and rectangles of joy yet again!!! Such a wonderful collection and I was reading some of the other comments and your replies(I love the way you n your friends communicate :) plus it also gives me a fresh look about you and your life...:) ) well, to know that your son is 41 this year ... is great! Cards have certainly changed .. but I don't think they can compete with your collection. Specially the chubby baby of the Peek-a-boo one :) warm wishes , Kokila.

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    1. Hello Kokila, it’s having lovely blogging friends like you that makes blogging so much fun!
      I can hardly believe Steven is 41. It makes me feel old just thinking about it!
      I’m so pleased you liked the cards, thank you for saying so. Barbara x

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  11. These old cards are so full of sweetness that you don't get today. The difference in the drawings I find interesting, as the children look so wholesome and healthy and then there are the ones that look ethereal too.

    I'm afraid I've moved house so many times and gone from large to small that I don't have any of these old cards any more. I am deliberating what to do with some old Middleport pottery blue plates that belonged to my Great Grandmother! My son won't want them as he is of the brown and cream minimal brigade.

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    1. Hi Anne Marie, I’ve still got a few of my cards and lots of my sons. Like you, we’ve moved house a lot, and most things are packed away in boxes in the loft. I keep worrying about them getting damp but the though of tackling the spiders puts me off doing anything about it! One of these days I really must sort everything out.

      It will be hard parting with your plates but if family don’t want them, I guess the only thing to do is put them into an auction. Thanks for calling in, Barbara.

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  12. Those are so cool to see. And the one from 1947 was so colorful--on the inside it looked like one you'd see today aside from the animation. Cartoon drawings were so different back then!

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    1. Hi Stephanie, I’m glad you think so. I love them but then I love anything made of paper (well most things!!)

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  13. Hmm I don't think my comment took. I love when you find these cards. Delightful collection, although the piggy looks a little big for Tom to carry.

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    1. That little piggy certainly looks well fed, poor old Tom will be exhausted before he gets very far! Thanks for your visit Donna.

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  14. Love these cards. And how special for a baby if someone stole a pig and ran so far, far away to wish him/her a happy birthday (followed by a huffing farmer)! I like the sailor duck, too.

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    1. Thank you Claudine. It’s the horse I feel sorry for. It’s all right for Tom, he’s a young man but the horse is obviously getting on in years! :-)

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  15. Hello Barbara just catching up with your blog. What a wonderful find. Love the adorable cards. When I was young if I found cards like these I would often paint them.

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    1. What a brilliant idea. I wish I was artistic but sadly, that talent (like so many others) eluded me! Thanks very much for coming to visit; I will pop over to see you in the next few days. Barbara.

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Barbara xx

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