I just received this postcard from my sister today. Little did she know just how timely her mail ended up being.
Yesterday was Mother’s Day in the US and my mom and I brought pizzas over to my grandma’s place to celebrate. We’re classy like that 🙂 While there, we started going through my great grandmother’s old postcard album that she kept before she was married(all postcards were dated between 1909 and 1911). It never really dawned on me until I was flipping through page after page of holiday greetings and other random notes that the postcard to her was what we use the greeting card for today.
While my great grandmother was sent postcards for every major holiday, there were many other cards showing funny cartoons or quick “wish you were here” sentiments. The fun thing about reading the backs of these cards was that most either had no writing on them or simply said a phrase like, “Write soon please” or “Will write soon.” All of these postcards were supplements to the letter writing that was still the best form of communication for these young women in the early 1900’s.
It’s so fun to spend time with someone you’ve known your entire life and have something about them finally click with understanding. For all of my life, my grandma has loved postcards. Every time I went anywhere, all she asked for was a postcard. I never asked why, I simply obliged and went on with my life. Only now, having seen her mother’s postcard album for the first time, does it click why exactly my grandma prefers postcards and always asks for them. I had no idea this simple request was tied to an entire album of memories she had of her mother.
I’ll leave you with a few postcards I snapped photos of with my phone, so pardon the not so great quality. Happy Monday!