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Collecting greeting cards is great fun. They're very reflective of their time--in style, subject matter, and approach. Vintage cards can be quaint, nostalgic, politically incorrect, and sometimes all these at once! From 'Greeting Cards' at the web's largest private collection of antiques & collectibles: http://www.ericwrobbel.com/collections/greeting-cards-1.htm

Collecting greeting cards is great fun. They’re very reflective of their time—in style, subject matter, and approach. Vintage cards can be quaint, nostalgic, politically incorrect, and sometimes all these at once!

I began picking them up one at a time at flea markets and antique shops as a “recycling” alternative to buying new cards for family and friends. Since most were used and signed already, I came up with the bright idea of simply adding my name to what was already there. So a card from me might be signed: “Best Wishes, Hal and Edna,” to which I would append “...and Eric.”

It was difficult sending off some of the better ones, never to be seen again. Soon I was making and sending photocopies so I could keep the originals.


DETAILS from top left, including publishers when known: Christmas card, artwork signed Wetzel, c.1920s; A New Year Greeting, Hallmark, c.1965; She's Sweet, She's 16, party invitation, Roth Greeting Cards, 1963; Coke Party, invitation, Castle, c.1960; Birthday Greetings, featuring cigarette, c.1940; For Goodness Shakes, Get a Wiggle On and Get Well, Barker, 1947; red Christmas card featuring the fakest tree of all time with luggage underneath, from Hotel Churchill, San Diego, A.A., 1963; You're a Thinker (Chicks, Femmes, Dames, Broads, Pin-ups, Girls, Senoritas, Cuties), 4 Seasons Cards, c.1960; Passion's the Fashion...and you're my style, Carol Cards, West Orange, N.J., hand printed, c.1970; It's your birthday! I can dig it!... Hope it's a Funky Scene!, Goodie Products by Onyx Enterprises, Palisades Park, N.J., 1971; Of "Corsets" Your Birthday, so here' hoping... it finds you in rare form!, c.1940; A Happy Birthday To You, Davis, c.1920; Open House, invitation, Hallmark, c.1970; Happy Birthday from a poor working girl, Rust Craft, c.1940s; It's a real privilege to have a wonderfully normal daughter like YOU!!! Happy Birthday, Dear! (this is preceeded on the front with "Daughter--in this age of beatniks, rock 'n' rollers, science fiction addicts, worldly politicians, leisure-living fanatics, do-it-yourselfers, psuedo-sophisticates, and intellectually superior philosophers--"), Hallmark Slim Jims, c.1965; Hi Sport!, Happy Birthday, a Forget-Me-Not card, c.1960.