Easter Greetings With Vintage Easter Postcards

It’s Spring! And Easter is not far away. 

Instead of buying modern Easter cards for your friends and family, how about using Easter postcards from 100 years ago!

Here are some of my favorite vintage Easter postcards.
TIP: Click the images below to download the cards, then print them or use the digital images to send electronic Easter greetings. More ideas are included for using the cards when you click the images.

A Joyous Easter…

1910

 

Easter Greetings…

1909

 

Easter Greetings…

1908

 

A Happy Easter…

1909

 

A Joyful Easter…

1909

 

A Joyful (Baseball) Easter…

1912

 

Share with your friends! Happy Easter!

Oh, How We Love SPRING!

Happy First Day of Spring!

It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want — oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so! ~Mark Twain

Dot (AtticAndBarnTreasures.com) – Living in the south our Spring comes earlier than most. What is still a dream to some we have already experienced. BUT – the best part of that is we get to enjoy Spring many times over through the social media photos and tales from our friends as we watch their flowers and trees bloom and blossom and their little birds nest and hatch their young. It’s like having 3 months of Spring! I LOVE that!

JayDee (ThirdShiftVintage.com) – I love EVERYTHING about Spring! Spring is like a “do over” – the trees wake up with tiny buds and the anticipation of GREEN is on every branch. Johnny Jump Ups spring up from the woods everywhere you look with their purple and orange happy faces. Under the snow, the grass is just waiting to turn lush and green in anticipation of bare feet dancing on it’s carpet. Warmer temperatures mean Spring animals return, and oh! the deafening sound of thousands and thousands of FROGS! You just can’t help but smile in your heart when you hear all those frogs! Oh! And open water! There’s nothing quite like watching the last of the ice melt, leaving behind moving water. How I’ve missed watching the waves. There is just no other season as exciting as Spring!

Laurie (NextStageVintage.com) – I love early spring, when there air is warm and there are small areas of melting snow and the streams are full and the mud is squelchy. I love middle spring when everything is fresh and bright and full of promise for the summer to come. I love late spring, when I can finally declare my feet free from the tyranny of socks and let my piggies tiptoe through the tulips and any of the other spring flowers that the rabbits have decided not to gnaw down to nubs.

Linda (SelectiveSalvage.com) – I love the promise of Spring….the anticipation of what Mother Nature has in store for us. Trees budding out, baby birds chirping, the desert colors beginning to emerge. Spring is a sign of what is to come which makes it my favorite season of the year.

Mary Ellen (AuntHattiesAtticVintage.com) – I know Spring is fast approaching when the goldfinches at the bird feeder perk up to their brilliant yellow plumage. The smell of fresh cut grass and newly raked dirt promises a new season of growth and still makes he happy after all of these years. Best of all the first scent of Spring rain which will never be replicated by even the best perfumers.

Pam (VintageRenude.com) – Springtime is my favorite time of the year.  The crisp cool mornings, bright blue skies, and new growth all signal a renewal of the circle of life. Every year I know Spring has arrived as I have a dove who makes her nest under my front awning and watches over her eggs and babies. The perfect new beginning.

Tina (GirlPickers.com) – Spring is like a rebirth of the earth every year.  The trees burst into buds, plants sprout from the earth, and the birds start their migration back north.  We watch for the first robin to appear and then we know it’s officially spring.  

Spring Things…

National Cold Cuts Day – Vintage Style!

Today, March 3rd, is National Cold Cuts Day. It’s a great excuse to have a few friends over for drinks and a snack!

Cold cuts are precooked or cured meat. Some people call them sandwich meats, deli meats, or lunch meats. No matter what you call them, cold cuts make tasty sandwiches, and fun cheese and meat platters that you can share with friends. 

Types of Cold Cuts

Here is a short list of some of the cold cuts that you might be familiar with:

  • Prosciutto
  • Salami
  • Braunschweiger
  • Liverwurst
  • Summer Sausage
  • Pepperoni
  • Bresaola
  • Corned Beef
  • Head Cheese
  • Chicken
  • Ham
  • Turkey
  • Roast Beef
  • Pastrami
  • Mortadella
  • Dutch Loaf
  • Basturma
  • Bierwurst
  • Bologna
  • Olive Loaf
  • Plockwurst
  • Soppressata
  • Zungenwurst
  • Thuringer

Vintage Magazine Ads for Cold Cuts

Cold cuts have been popular for many years. They have been served at luncheons and dinners. Made into sandwiches and packed in school lunch boxes. They have been served as appetizers at cocktail parties and other social gatherings.  And they make a darn good late night sandwich… just ask Dagwood Bumstead! 😉 Here are some vintage magazine ads featuring cold cuts:

TIP: Click on an ad you like (once to view the ad on a separate page, then click again to enlarge the ad), then print it on a color printer. Laminate the ads and use them as placements at your next gathering – they are sure to be a hit!

Meat and Cheese Snack Platter

Cold cut platters were not just your Mother’s idea of a party! Here’s a modern day snack platter that makes all those cold cuts look pretty darn good!

And, since you’ll be serving cold cuts at your next party, you’ll need something to serve them on. Don’t forget the cheese and crackers…

What are your favorite cold cuts? Share in a comment below!

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12 Intentional Acts of Kindness for Random Acts of Kindness Day

Today, February 17th, is National Random Acts of Kindness Day in the US – a day to celebrate and encourage random acts of kindness. 

Josh de Jong of New Zealand is the person who created this recognized holiday as National Random Acts of Kindness in 2004. Since then there is also a National Random Acts of Kindness organization here in the United States.

Kindness is contagious and when people see one another being kind to someone, they want to “pay it forward” to be kind to others.

While I encourage you to act in the moment and do some random act of kindness today (and every day), here are some “intentional” acts of kindness you can use to get you started.

#1 Mail a Card

Make a handmade card for a friend or family member that doesn’t live near you and mail it to them. Include a photo of the two of you together as a special memento. Take it a step further and send a note to a random stranger in need through the website More Love Letters. Everyone needs a little more love, right?

#2 Donate Used Books

Gather all your used books and donate them to a school, local library, or local shelter. Take it a step further and ask your neighbors if they would like to donate too, then pick up their donations and deliver them along with your donations.

#3 Leave a Note

Write a thank you note to your mail carrier, trash collector, or newspaper deliverer to thank them for doing a great job. Attach a piece of wrapped candy as a special surprise. Don’t forget to leave a note for your spouse and your kids – tuck it under their pillow to make it more special. Vintage postcards make the notes even more unique.

#4 Make It or Bake It

Make or bake a special treat such as cake, bread, dessert or cookies (placed on a vintage platter), and deliver it to your neighbors with a handwritten note that let’s them know you are thinking about them.

#5 Learn from Your Elders

Go visit an older relative and ask them to teach you something they remember from their childhood. Perhaps a song, how to knit, how to play a game – you get the idea. Take it a step further and teach them something you know how to do.

#6 Help the Animals

Fill a vintage basket with old blankets and towels, a bag of dog and/or cat food and bring it to your local animal shelter. They are always looking for donations to help the animals. While you’re there, volunteer to walk a dog or play with a cat. It will make your heart feel good.

#7 Go To Lunch

Invite a friend or family member to lunch, and pick up the tab. If you don’t have time for lunch, invite them to coffee, or go have a piece of pie together. Take it a step further and do this once a month!

#8 Finish That Task

Finish a task that someone has started, but keeps putting it off. For example, wash someones car, mow their lawn or shovel snow off their driveway. Surely someone you know needs an extra hand!

#9 Clean It Up

Grab a large trash bag (or two), then go for a walk in your neighborhood and pick up all the trash you see on the ground. Invite your neighbors to join you. Take it a step further and clean up a local park, too.

#10 Give Back

Pack up things you no longer need that someone else could benefit from, then use a Give Back Box to send your items (free) to Goodwill. Things like clothes, small household items, and books are perfect for the Goodwill. The Give Back Boxes are free and can be sent from any state in the USA.

#11 Pick Up the Phone

Pick up the phone and call someone you haven’t talked to in a long time – perhaps a friend who has moved out of state, a distant relative, or even your next door neighbor. Tell them you’ve called because you missed hearing their voice. Make the conversation be all about them and ask them questions about how they are, what they’ve been up to, etc.

#12 Plant a Seed

Be kind to the Earth and plant a seed! Whether flower, vegetable, or tree – grab a pot, fill it with potting soil, and plant that seed. Tend the seed until it sprouts, and when it is large enough to be transplanted, plant it in your yard or garden. The Earth will thank you.

“Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness.
Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” (Scott Adams)

What random acts or intentional acts of kindness will you do today?

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Show Your Love With Vintage Valentine’s

Ah… it’s almost Valentine’s Day. The day to show your love for the special people in your life.

Sure, you could run to the nearest gift store and buy a modern Valentine’s Day card, but some of the cards from 100 years ago are even more fun.

Here are some of my favorite vintage Valentine’s Day postcards.
TIP: Click the images below to download the cards, then print them or use the digital images to send electronic Valentine’s Day greetings. More ideas are included for using the cards when you click the images.

The score was twenty love…

1910

 

Sending love from the angels…

1910

 

Love birds and Forget-Me-Nots…

1909

 

Poppies for your Valentine…

1907

 

Love’s greeting to my Valentine…

1905

 

Two hearts join as one…

1905

 

Forget-Me-Not…

1906

 

With fond love…

1905

 

Did You Know? Around 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year. That’s a LOT of love!

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