I know that Christmas is way off, but I couldn’t resist posting this rather surreal image of Santa’s Village in Jefferson, New Hampshire. On the back:
PART OF SANTA’S VILLAGE
U. S. ROUTE 2, JEFFERSON, N. H.
The Village buildings include Santa’s Home, Gift Shop, Post Office, Toy Shop, a School, and a Church.
This lovely embossed Christmas postcard was mailed on Dec. 20, 1911.
A Christmas Angel is featured on this early embossed postcard. The card was mailed in 1908 and published by a company whose logo consisted of a shield that’s emblazoned with a tree and the initials “A.S.B.” Can anyone identify the publisher?
This embossed Christmas postcard was mailed within Brooklyn, New York in the year 1907. The word that precedes “A Merry Christmas” had me stumped for a while, but I believe that it’s hand-written and denotes that the card was sent to someones “Gamma”.
Printed by International Post Card (1905-1914), this embossed Christmas postcard shows kids about to dig into their stockings.
Good ol’ Santa, posing with a few toys. No publisher is mentioned on this postcard, but it’s clearly notated to be part of “Santa Claus Series 404”.
This postcard might seem off-season, but given that retailers have already packed the shelves with Christmas merchandise I guess I can be forgiven. The real photo card was postmarked in 1906.
This Christmas postcard, featuring Santa, was mailed in 1911. The back indicates the embossed card to be part of “Santa Claus Series No 2”.
An embossed Christmas postcard that probably dates from around 1910. It’s curious that while no publisher is indicated, the card has “Merry Christmas Series 403” printed right on the front!
A Christmas postcard showing an angel or cherub gathering holly and mistletoe. Also found in a version that has gold on the wings and gold stars in the sky, the back of the embossed card has a logo consisting of the letters “G-A”.