Vintage Mother’s Day Cards

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In our more and more virtual world, do you still write postcards? With a fountain pen and your best handwriting on real paper postcards?
Old postcards which were written before World War II are escpeciall fascinating, both for their illustrations and their messages. I’m very lucky that I’m allowed to scan several hundred old postcards, some of which are already available as free downloads here and here.

I came across a beautiful blog yesterday: “The Best Hearts Are Crunchy“. The author collects old postcards and posts “Postcard Friendship Fridays”. It’s quite educational to read her posts, you can learn about the origin of April’s Fools or about a Pineapple Upside Down Cake (I’ve never heart about that here in Germany).

Before I visit the stamp fair tomorrow (today, to be technically correct) and get all excited about trying new stuff, I’ll upload my vintage Mother’s Day postcards for you. My scans are quite large because I want to be able to print them in good quality. Here you can see a screen-friendly preview:

You can download the scans for free at if you click here:

Which card do you like best? I love the little guy with the trumpet!

Among the scanned cards, there are several which would need to be cleaned up digitally. One of them has a great caption:

The script is old German, and it reads “Little Brother learns how to march”. The card was sent in 1917, in the midst of WWI. On the back, there was just a short greeting, nothing more. I found another interesting card, the date was April 21, 1916. Exactly 96 years ago! The town was called Ratteick which now belongs to Poland and was re-named to Ratajki. A father wrote to his family in Marwitz (close to Berlin):

 A happy

Easter to

all of you from

your father,

I’m still healthy

and I hope you

are, too.

Did he write home from war, what do you think?

Just a side note: I think it’s a sacrilege to add pencil marks to old postcards. Be it the prize or any other info – put the card in a protective sleeve first, then add a sticker!

I’m very lucky that I can read the old German script. In my growing collection of postcards, I often find funny, bizarre, or emotional remarks or stories. :)

Now I’m curious: What are you going to do with the downloaded cards?

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  1. Susie Walker says:

    I just found you thru a Pinterest post-thank you for you downloads. I loved the German card about Brother marching and I repinned that..then I came to your site. I tried so hard to reprint the Ouija board but it was a no go for me..and yes, the trumpet boy was my fav too for Mother’s Day..I have a thing for old postcards and I love reading them..some of the messages are amazing. Thanks again and keep posting your great finds-I will return!
    Susie Walker, Conway, AR

  2. Oh, my goodness! What a darling little card–took me back to when my tiny little brother learned to walk. lol I absolutely love this blog–and I’m honored that you would come by for Postcard Friendship Friday. Your generosity in sharing these for download is incredible. Thank you. I am your devoted fan.

    Happy PFF!

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