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December 16, 2023

16 Strange Vintage Christmas Cards From the Early 20th Century

It’s the season to compare how many cards you have with your erstwhile friends, and while today most cards tend towards the cute and twee, in the past they were rather odder.

Of course, to someone of the past, our modern obsession with robins, carol singers and snow would seem just as odd to them as they are cute to us, but tastes and traditions change, and the past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.

Lucky clover pigs hard at work – shouldn’t they be in blankets by now?

Let me give you Covid for Christmas.

Mugged for Christmas, and not by the shops for once.

It’s what Christmas is all about – crying babies from 1907.

How big was that bird they are fighting over the wishbone?

The snowman is dying. PS, Merry Christmas.

A golliwog catching crabs while dolls try to survive from drowning. Yeup, it’s Christmas allright.

There was an odd custom of collecting images of dead birds, and no one really knows why.

A very strange dance for Christmas.

The we hate Christmas protest march.

Nothing says Christmas quite like an argument over the lunch.

Fortunately, our attitudes have changed a bit since 1908.

Just a dose of casual racism from 1903.

No, I won’t marry you – PS, Merry Christmas.

It wouldn’t be Christmas without clowns racing pigs.

Merry Christmas, now let me stab you.

(via ianVisits)


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