During the early years of the 20th Century, friend and family exchanges of postcard greetings grew to be very popular. In this blog, I have chosen a few such Christmas postcards, and one New Year greeting postcard, from an album that belonged Aunt Etta. Most of these cards were sent to her in 1909, when she and husband William Hooper were living in Franklin, Mass. To learn more about Aunt Etta, please see my previous blog post: Intro to Aunt Etta And Her Great Adventures.

My featured image postcard, with the kittens and bird, was postmarked in 1909, sent by a Cousin from Hartford, Conn. I cannot quite make out the name of the sender. The message side was written in pencil and is very hard to read; therefore, I am not posting the reverse side here.

The postcard shown below, with birds holding bell strings, was sent by friend Olive Gray, from Providence, RI in 1908.  The card itself was printed in Germany. Her message said: “We all wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. You may be far away but we still love you both.”


The “Christmas Greetings” card, with the snowy picture and holly, was sent in 1909 from Hyde Park, Mass. by niece Ethel James, daughter to Etta’s brother William. The message said: “Wishing you a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year.”

Grandma Julia’s sister Ellen sent the “A Merry Christmas to You” card, shown below. I am unable to make out the postmark year.

The “Merry Christmas” card, lady in pink gown, was sent by nephew Charlie James, son of Etta’s brother William. It was postmarked in 1909 from Boston, Mass. His message said: “Dear Aunt Etta, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We are all well and hope you are the same.”

The postcard shown below “A Peaceful Hearth” with the logs burning in the fireplace was sent by niece Gladys James, daughter of Etta’s brother William. The card was postmarked in 1909 from Hyde Park, Mass. The verse on the front of the cards says: “A heart where Peace has part: A hearth where joys abound: So may your hearth and heart By every Yule be found!” The message from Gladys said: “With best wishes for a Merry Xmas and Happy New Year.”


The postcard, shown below, with the gold front and flowers was sent by Etta’s brother Martin, postmarked in 1909 from Boston, Mass. His message said: “Dear Sister Etta, Just a line to wish for a Very Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year, am a going to write to you soon. Love from us all to all.”

“A Merry Christmas” postcard, with Mary and baby Jesus, was sent by nephew Leroy, son of Etta’s brother Martin. The card was postmarked in 1909 from Boston, Mass. This card was printed in Germany. The message from Leroy said: “Dear Aunt Etta, How are you all? Has Uncle Will (Etta’s husband) arrested anybody yet (he worked for the Sheriff office). Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.” To learn more about Leroy, please see my previous blog: A Thanksgiving Greeting from 1908!

Shown below will be a selection of cards with just the front sides, you can flip thru the slide show by pressing the arrow on the right side, near the bottom of each image.

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In keeping with a simple theme, I have stuck to the basics for this posting in order to showcase a selection of greetings from an album which belonged Aunt Etta (Henrietta James Hooper).

Until next time…