My sister-in-law Claudia gave me my introduction to these beautiful and interesting cards when she presented me with these:
Aren't they lovely? Even when worn and tattered, they have such appeal. I wonder how they came to be? Were they, perhaps, given out as prizes for faithful Sunday School attendance or Bible verse memorization? They're not, perhaps, truly "postcards" in the sense that they may have been printed for handing out rather than mailing--I'm not sure. These have been salvaged from a scrapbook, so it's not clear what was originally on the back. It may be more accurate to class them as trading cards.
Others of this type are holiday and birthday greeting cards. Some have Bible verses and some don't, but they all have wonderful artwork.
You can have an instant collection! These beautiful Christmas postcards are on sale at AlluringAntiques on Etsy.
This 4th of July card is for sale in Chantal's shop (I featured her Etsy shop yesterday), AgnesOfBohemia.
This sweet card is available at DebsAtticFinds on Etsy.
Now let me share a few more vintage Sunday School postcards from my own collection:
Most of these were gifts from my pastor, who has served in the same little country church for more than 40 years. He found a boxful of unused cards in storage, and generously offered them to anyone who was interested. Aren't they terrific?
If any of these whet your appetite for vintage postcard collecting, you can get lots of excellent information from a blog I just encountered yesterday:
It's plain I've merely dipped my proverbial toe in the water (or is it my toe in the proverbial water?!) when it comes to vintage postcards, but this gentleman is an expert! He also has a fun Etsy store with a name I can really love, Mud in the USA. Can you tell he's from the rainy Pacific Northwest?
Now I'm off to my sewing machine, and I'll have something productive to show you later today or tomorrow. AND I just got an order from Tiny Things Are Cute and I can't wait to show you the gems! Do pop back soon so you can see. Meanwhile, go check out the shop. If you love vintage absurdities and plastic as much as I do, you will be drooling.