READ IF YOU DARE–VINTAGE CHRISTMAS CARDS by CHERYL PIERSON

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Ever since I came upon some of the weirdest vintage Easter cards I’d ever seen and blogged about those (in two parts, no less!) I’ve just been fascinated by some of the ideas that artists of the past have had for greeting cards. What in the world crossed their minds? Who did they think would enjoy these cards, much less pick them out of all the choices available to buy and send?

Evidently, I’m not the only one who has wondered. Take a look at some of these—they are beyond “odd”.

Vintage Christmas--scallops lamenting absent friends (natives)

 

Yes. Scallops lamenting the absence of their friends (natives), so the card says—obviously the British. “May we soon see them again.” Uh…why? So they can eat us? MERRY CHRISTMAS!

 

 

Vintage Christmas--panhead

 

Okay, maybe it’s just me, but…being wish “Compliments of the Season” by a boiling pan head imp that looks female on top and male on the bottom…well, that’s just plain weird. For some reason, this reminds me of the scene at the beginning of Bewitched when the pan boils over on the stove…

 

 

 

 

Vintage Christmas--Pigman

 

 

Downright creepy. An educated pigman. Or is it a boy? The hat looks like that of a young boy, but that face is anything but endearing. And why does he need the binoculars? “The better to spy on you with, my dear…” Oh, but he’s carrying a book, so at least he must be educated.

 

 

Vintage Christmas--Dead robin

 

Nothing says Merry Christmas like a picture of a dead robin, does it? I mean, what could be more joyful? Nope…can’t think of much else that could come close.

 

 

Vintage Christmas--Dog with gun

 

 

Do y’all remember the picture on the Easter card of the rabbit carefully stepping out of his home to go hunting with the colored eggs all around him? That’s what this reminds me of. A sweet little dog with a rifle near at hand…just in case he needs it.

 

 

 

Vintage Christmas--Frog violence

Well, what have we here? A frog that has been robbed and murdered by another one. But, let’s not forget to have a MERRY CHRISTMAS, shall we?

 

 

 

 

Vintage Christmas--frog and beetle

As long as we’re on the subject of frogs, how about this one? Beetle and frog having a Christmas waltz, while the dragonflies dance in the background and the giant mosquito plays the tambourine. Festive, right?

 

 

Vintage Christmas--polar bear mauling man

Merry Christmas! If you survive being mauled by the polar bear…

It’s hard to think what must have been going on inside the creative brains of these illustrators, isn’t it? Or…were they just toying with us? Maybe these were meant to be ridiculous and make us laugh.

 

But wait…what’s that I hear? Crying children? Wings of a…LOOK OUT!

Vintage Christmas (New Year)--giant wasp

 

 

 

 

 

Above all, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, even if you’re fighting off polar bears, dancing with frogs, or running from wasps!

Cheryl Pierson
A native Oklahoman, I've been influenced by the west all my life. I love to write short stories and novels in the historical western and western romance genres, as well as contemporary romantic suspense! Check my Amazon author page to see my work: http://www.amazon.com/author/cherylpierson
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24 Comments

  1. Good Heavens, where did you find these? I can’t imagine the thought process behind any of them. The pig looks more like a female to me. It/she appears to be wearing a dress under the coat and the hat with long scarf is a bit feminine. Dare I say the features are delicate and more feminine than not? Still weird. It makes one wonder if Christmas and New Year meant something all together different then than they do now.
    Thanks for an enlightening post. I hope you and yours have a wonderful Christmas and a terrific New Year.

    1. LOL, Patricia, a good writer friend of mine, Bob Vardeman, posted a link to an article with these in it, and there were several more, too–but I didn’t have room to post them all. I think you are right about the pig woman. It must be a woman–I didn’t notice the dress. UGH, no matter what! LOL

      Hope you all have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS! Thanks for stopping by!
      Cheryl

  2. What in the world!? Those are terrible! They have to be some sort of humorous joke, there is no way people would send those as real. Crazy things we find. Thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas!

    1. Susan, I know it! Who would ever purchase such cards to send to each other? Can you imagine receiving one of these? I do wonder, too, if this was just a very dark sense of humor or if it was “normal”–there are sure a lot of them for it to be a novelty.

      MERRY CHRISTMAS!
      Cheryl

  3. These are definitely odd cards. 🙂

    1. They are, aren’t they? Interesting, but they sure don’t say “Merry Christmas” to my way of thinking. LOL Thanks for stopping by, Janine!

      MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU!
      Cheryl

  4. Hilarious. And people think we have a drug problem now days.

    1. LOL RIGHT, JD! I think these must have been popular, though, because this kind of theme permeates so many holiday cards for the different holidays from back then–Christmas, Easter and Valentine’s. I’m working on a Valentine’s Day blog right now with this same theme. I did two on Easter cards–there were a ton of those!

      MERRY CHRISTMAS and thanks for stopping in!
      Cheryl

  5. Wow, those are creepy. There had to have been some hidden meaning or symbolism in those cards that’s been lost through the decades. And, Cheryl, I’m a native Okie from Tulsa. Boomer Sooner! (Now there’s another weird saying that is probably lost on the masses who are unfamiliar with OK history.)

    1. Vickie, I thought so too. There was another one of a little boy in a teapot, looking miserable and holding a sign that said “MERRY CHRISTMAS” or something like that…just so totally weird. OH, so glad you told me you’re an Okie, too! Yep, Boomer Sooner–no one really knows what that is unless they’re from here. And talk about weird–you are soooooo right! LOL Hope you have a wonderful Christmas, Vickie!

      BOOMER!

  6. I laughed so hard I cried. Really, I can’t think of anyone that I could send those cards to except my Far Side friends. Thanks for the post. Merry Christmas!

    1. Right, Rosie! They are funny but gosh, also just a bit disturbing. LOL I laughed, too, but the whole time I was thinking…this is funny but in a really really weird sort of way…LOL I wouldn’t ever buy any of these to send to anyone, but I suppose they must have been very popular “back in the day” because there are so many variations of the weirdness.

      Have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!
      Cheryl

  7. Sometime the odd christmas cards are the best one’s to give or recieve.

    1. Kim, I agree–I love cards that are “different” but these are VERY different, aren’t they? LOL Thanks so much for stopping by. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!
      Cheryl

  8. Those are by far the weirdest cards I’ve ever seen!!! What could they possibly be thinking???

    1. Good question! Kind of scary to think about what was going through their minds, right? *SHUDDER*

      Hope you have a wonderful Christmas, catslady!

  9. Those are just plain weird and disturbing.

    1. Connie, I agree–but boy do they open up all kinds of speculation as to what these artists were thinking and their motivations! UGH. I don’t want to delve too deeply. LOL

      Merry Christmas!
      Cheryl

  10. Thanks for the post! These cards are definitely unique.

    1. They are, aren’t they, Melanie? I can’t imagine who would WANT to receive any of these!
      Merry Christmas!
      Cheryl

  11. Hi Cheryl! My what strange cards! I was trying to figure out if there was a political message in there someshere from years past but really couldn’t figure anything out. Do no ever feel compelled to send me one of those cards!!LOL! Merry Christmas!

    1. LOL Don’t worry, Kathryn! I would NEVER buy any of these for anyone. It would creep me out too much. UGH. Hope you have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!
      Cheryl

  12. UGH! Just plain UGH.

  13. Gosh, Cheryl, these are gnarly! Ick. What ever happened to sugarplums and gingerbread. Anyway, mega-Merry Chrisymas to you and your family! xoxox

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