Happy New Year!!

I wish you all much happiness and good health in 2015!

The New York Public Library’s Digital Collections has a wonderful collection of vintage holiday postcards online. Below are some interesting ones. The one with the airship is horrifying to look at today but would have been very modern at the turn of the last century. I like the good luck symbols used in Europe, particularly Germany, the pig and the mushroom.

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All images courtesy NYPL Digital Collections.

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Happy Holidays!

Veselé Vánoce! Czech Christmas card. Image from NYPL.

Veselé Vánoce! Czech Christmas card. Image from NYPL.

The New York Public Library Image Collection has a great collection of vintage Christmas cards that I’ve been perusing for hours. It’s interesting to see how some of the holiday images and styles have changed over the years. The card below with the yellow flowers doesn’t remind me of Christmas but it is a very pretty image.

The collection includes 74 cards from foreign countries, including the Czech one above. I really like the image because food is an important part of how I celebrate the holidays. A few images down, you’ll see an Italian card with an attractive couple ready to start dancing. I wonder if it was an early version of those photo cards with family photos on it?

Christmas greetings! Image from NYPL.

Christmas greetings! Image from NYPL.

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1910 Christmas card. Image from NYPL

merry christmas

Merry Christmas! Image from NYPL.

Buon natale! 1930s. Image from NYPL.

Buon natale! 1930s. Image from NYPL.

Iloista Joulua!  Finnish Christmas card. Image from NYPL.

Iloista Joulua! Finnish Christmas card. Image from NYPL.

Wesolych Swiat! Polish Christmas card. Image from NYPL.

Wesolych Swiat! Polish Christmas card. Image from NYPL.

Christmas card in Spanish.  Image from NYPL.

Christmas card in Spanish. Image from NYPL.

 Fröhliche Weihnachten! Happy New Year card in German. Image from NYPL.

Fröhliche Weihnachten! Happy New Year card in German. Image from NYPL.

Joyeux Noël! French Christmas card. Image from NYPL.

Joyeux Noël! French Christmas card. Image from NYPL.

Merry Christmas! Image from NYPL.

Merry Christmas! Image from NYPL.

Have a wonderful holiday season, dear readers!

New York Public Library’s Digital Image Collection

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Libraries are amazing resources – free books, free magazines, free databases, and sometimes, free images. Of course they’re not really free – tax dollars and other monies are used to purchase materials, but the end result is a wonderful world of materials one can access for free. Today’s post highlights the wonderful Digital Collection from the New York Public Library. I choose images from the 1900-1925 time frame, and chose a few that I liked. My favorite is the photograph of Lucille Lortel. What are your favorite image collections? Favorite library?

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Le messager. [The messenger.] By Édouard Halouze, 1925. Image courtesy NYPL Digital Gallery.

Jewelry, Paris, France. René Beauclair. ca. 1901. Image courtesy NYPL Digital Image Collection.

Jewelry, Paris, France. René Beauclair. ca. 1901. Image courtesy NYPL Digital Gallery.

Color study, Georges de Feure,, 1901.

Color study, Georges de Feure, 1901. Image courtesy NYPL Digital Gallery.

Robe d'après-midi, de Doeuillet. L.E.(unknown) , 1921. Image courtesy NYPL Digital Image Collection.

Robe d’après-midi, de Doeuillet. L.E.(unknown) , 1921. Image courtesy NYPL Digital Gallery.

Portrait of Lucille Lortel , ca. 1920's, by Achille Volpe. Image courtesy NYPL Digital Image Collection.

Portrait of Lucille Lortel , ca. 1920’s, by Achille Volpe. Image courtesy NYPL Digital Gallery.