In December of 1910 my grandfather, Donald C. Minor of Greene County, Pennsylvania received another Christmas postcard from Genevia in Morgantown, West Virginia. She wrote:
“I hope Santa will bring you lots of pretty things and that you will have a Merry Xmas and Happy New year. Your friend, Genevia”
As a genealogist the card provides no clues about family threads; as a family historian I can find no details that shed light on a family story. Nor are there clues and details regarding the publisher or printer, other than this Santa message was printed in Germany, as were most cards of the era.
However, the painting is remarkable in a couple of details – Santa is dressed in a purple robe trimmed in brown fur, as opposed to the red suit trimmed in white fur seen in my other cards. This Santa also bears gifts which are wrapped and carried, not stuffed in a sack, and a decorated, potted tree.
I wonder what traditional tales this Santa is drawn from? If you know, dear Reader, I hope you will leave a comment below! Merry Christmas!
Among the postcards in my grandfather’s collection is this lovely set of bells. They look to be mounted to a doorway, to jingle merrily whenever someone comes in from the snowy cold. This card is lightly embossed to give the holly sprigs a bit of dimension. It was sent to six year old Donald Minor by his Aunt Sarah McClure from her home in Carmichaels, Pennyslvania on December 23, 1908.
One of the most fascinating designs on this card appears in the upper left hand corner – on the back. The publishers trademark of the International Art Publishing Company is itself a work of art: an eagle sits atop a globe, which is ringed by a painter’s palette and a quiver of paintbrushes.
In the words of Aunt Sarah, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
What a captivating smile this little boy has! Across the century I can still feel its warmth. Silhouetted against an embossed gold bell, the child’s Christmas outfit looks snug and warm, with a red shirt peeking from beneath the green corduroy coat. I would love to have that matching hat with its neatly trimmed brown fur.
The card was sent from a Morgantown friend or relative to my grandfather, Donald C. Minor. On December 12, 1909, Genevia B. wrote:
“Hello, Donald. This is my Merry Christmas greetings to you. I hope Santa will be good to you.”
“Hello, Donald,” says the a mysterious W.T.G. ”Hope Santa will be kind to you.” This beautiful card was sent to eight year old Donald C. Minor of Carmichaels, Pennyslvania from a relative or friend in Uniontown, Fayette County, Pennsylvania on December 22, 1910. It’s a very simple card, with a silver background highlighting the embossed sprigs of holly and mistletoe, Victorian symbols of domestic happiness and affection. Wishing everyone a simple, happy Christmas holiday!
Born in Greene County, Pennsylvania in 1902, Donald was the youngest son, youngest grandson and youngest cousin of the Francis Marion and Mary Jane Gwynn Minor clan. His parents, Robert and May Stephenson Minor, sent cards from their travels; his older sister, Helen, sent cards while she was attending school in nearby Waynesburg; aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends sent photocards and holiday greetings from all over the United States with great regularity. The resulting Postcard Collection is both a family puzzle and a cultural window to the world of Donald Minor during the first decade of the twentieth century. Today’s card comes from the Christmas Collection.
These American Robins are perched in a shrub, heads turned to some sound – perhaps someone is throwing out a pan of bread crumbs. Helen Minor, age 17, sent this flock to her eight year old brother, Donald, in 1910.
Dear Brother, How many sleigh rides have you had? Do you slide down hill and skate at school? I am busy getting read (sic) for examinations now. Will be through next Wednesday at noon. So will be home Wed. evening if nothing happens.