Sending greeting cards to loved ones during the holidays is a long tradition, and JoCoHistory is fortunate to have some wonderful examples in our collections. Our favorites are the series of family photos that provide a time lapse view, offering us a glimpse at how these families were growing and changing over the years. We can also imagine Loretta Ensor’s mother smiling and admiring the handmade card from her daughter, or the nostalgia triggered by the watercolor image of the Harkey House in Gardner, Kansas circa 1900. We hope you enjoy these as much as we do!
This card was handmade by 5th grader Loretta Ensor in 1910, and is inscribed on the back “To mamma, A Mary Christmas and a Happy New Year.”
This card was sent by Mr. & Mrs. Robert Alexander in 1927.
We have three cards from the Case family in the 1950s. Jerry, Terry and Cheryl, children of Robert and Ruth Case, lived in Lenexa, Kansas at the time these photos were taken.
This series is from the Bartsch family of Lenexa, Kansas. Gerald, Susan, Betty, Pat and Mary (L-R) all sit in the same order in each photo. The cards are from 1950, 1953 and 1957.
This 1988 Christmas greeting card is a color reproduction of a watercolor of the Harkey house originally painted by Charles Goslin. William C. Harkey (1872-1935) graduated from University Medical College in Kansas City in 1900. He was a Gardner native and would reside and practice medicine at the site of 224 East Main from 1902-1910. He married Marie Elizabeth Meng of Gardner September 12, 1899.
We invite you to view more of the cards in the JoCoHistory collection at http://bit.ly/Jsg7T3. Happy Holidays!!