Saturday, 22 December 2012
Christmas and/or New Year
The themes of these Dutch cards all look very Christmassy but as you can see from the bottom two, they are in fact cards to greet the New Year. It's interesting, to me at least, to see the scenes and motifs I associate with Christmas used for New Year. I don't know if that continues to be the case in the Netherlands but I have been sent New Year's cards from Russia with Father Christmas, sacks of toys and decorated Christmas trees, with the caption "Happy New Year". The toadstools on the sleigh put me in mind of the card from Estonia on my previous post. I have never connected toadstools with either Christmas or the new Year.
They all seem to date from the 1930s but I'm sure only of the final one, 1938. That one has an edging of gold glitter which doesn't show up very well. The style of the first two make me think they could be later cards but the date is very unclear, apart from the fact that they were posted on 2 January.
A post for Sepia Saturday. A click on the button will take you to the Sepia Saturday blog where you can find links to all the other people taking part.