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Merry Christmas 2017

Zeke on Christmas card

Opie Christmas Card

Scooby Christmas Card

Marigold cat Christmas card

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1917 Thanksgiving postcard

Happy Thanksgiving!

Once more I will dive into my father’s postcard collection. He kept many of them when he was a child, which I found after he died carefully stored away in a box. Most of them are Valentines–some of which I previously posted. Today for Thanksgiving I have only one “new” one to post. It was copyrighted in 1917 but sent in 1922.

1917 Thanksgiving postcard

1917 postcard

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Zeke warns: Don’t eat too much Turkey on Thanksgiving!

Like every Thanksgiving, the cats will be prowling about underfoot when they smell the turkey roasting. Fear not that they will each have some!

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Vintage Squeaky Cat Postcards

This post is about squeaky cat postcards.

The squeaky cat postcards below were all given to me as a gift. I had never seen them before. Squeaky postcards of all kinds were made in the 1950’s and early 1960’s. Cats were not the only subject. Two pieces of paper were glued together with the squeaker placed inbetween the layers. All the cards have a bulge in the middle. The squeaker is the same sound regardless of the photographs displayed. I did no photo-editing at all on the photographs. None of mine were ever mailed so I have no definitive date on any of them. Someone must have just been saving the cards. They are devoid of publisher except for #2 which was made in France. All of the others were made in Japan. I saw many for sale on the internet with asking prices varying from $1 each to double digits–good luck with that double digit asking price!

I made a short video so you could hear the “squeak” and watch Marigold who was sleeping being disturbed by the noise.

Photographs of the individual postcards follow:
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Opie

Opie loves Christmas music / Vintage Christmas postcards

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Opie

Opie is a cat that enjoys music. She especially likes when I put a platter on the old record player purchased in 1974. I have an older and larger console model from the 60’s which works perfectly well, but you see I now use it as a TV stand.

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Opie likes the screensaver

I had to protect the cloth over the speakers to prevent the cats from scratching them. My eyesight is poor so I must sit very close to see properly. Opie is waiting for me in my chair. She likes to sit in my lap and watch or sleep. I have several boxes full of records. I do sit and play them now and then. The most used ones are the Christmas albums, which are played in December.

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Opie loves music

Vintage Christmas Cards

My father kept all the holiday cards he received until 1930. Here are a few. They are all postcards and not folding cards. Some I can exactly date and others I cannot.They are mostly from the 1920’s. Cards do not show any publishers or origin.

1916
Santa getting into sleigh

Christmas Card horse drawn wagon

1925

Christmas Card children and wagon

1923 More abuse to come baby Sis!

Christmas Card Santa sleigh

Santa on sleigh

Christmas Card child on rocking horse

(1922) Reference to Teddy Roosevelt. Nice sword–don’t poke your eye out!

Christmas Card Santa emptying sack

1925 Took me a minute to figure this one out!

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1921 Cats for Christmas!

Christmas Postcard 1922

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Christmas postcard 1923

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Christmas postcard 1918

1918 Cancer Santa smoking pipe

Christmas postcard 1920

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Thanksgiving postcard 1921

Happy Thanksgiving / Christmas tree 2014

When my father was only a child, he saved the holiday postcards he received. There is a large collection which are mostly valentines and Christmas cards. Today in honor of Thanksgiving, I present a postcard from 1921:

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1921

In the upper left corner, we see a “pilgrim” girl waving at the turkey, while she holds what appears to be an ear of indian corn. Bye, bye! To the dinner table with you!

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Previously, we were complaining about having nothing to do around here. Instead of lying about, we decided to put up a Christmas tree and other holiday decorations. A small artificial tree was put together. Opie supervised the placement of the tree, and declared the position to be satisfactory.

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We finally finished most of the tree decorating, but not all. There is no shiny tinsel. The cats like to play with tinsel and eat it! Tinsel is not allowed! There are a few more special ornaments I must find, and place upon the tree. Overall, Opie was satisfied with the results of our labor so far.

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This does not smell like a REAL tree!

Zeke

Zeke

You need to add more dangling things at the bottom for me to bat around! (Will do!)

Marigold

Marigold

Why are the lights off?

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I did not ask for the camera flash!

Thanksgiving Day we prowl about as the holiday turkey is being cooked. After we eat, we groom and sleep, while the humans watch football.

American Road Trip Motel Postcards (1950’s – 1980’s) / “Tiger”

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Near Montgomery, Alabama 1950’s. Free TV, Spring Air Mattresses, Heating, combination bathtub and shower.

There is nothing I like better than going on a long road trip. If you need to get somewhere quickly, airplanes are the way to go. If you want to have fun, you need to travel by automobile. Motels used to leave postcards in the room for guests to use. It was a good way to advertise their establishment. I would always take them, and mail them to people. Sometimes I had a few left over. What you will see today, are a few of my leftover post cards. They range in age from the 1950’s to the 1990’s. Most, but not all, of these motels still exist today. I was always wanting to stay where they had a swimming pool. If there is a pool in the photo, I swam in it! Having a large sign which could be seen from the highway was very important. Fasten your seat-belt as we travel the highways and byways of America on the open road, and look for a nice place to spend the night.

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