There's something magical about vintage paper ephemera — old, long-forgotten greeting cards or other paper collectibles for a scrapbooking collection give whisper of a writing style and emotional place we rarely visit or know.
I've had the good fortune to stumble upon a large stash of unused Christmas paper items that include both vintage Christmas greeting cards as well as gift wrap paper, both in scraps and still on the paper roll.
As someone who was raised to appreciate music, I'm also drawn to antique and vintage sheet music, both out of love for the history and music, as well as the cover art.
A sweet old postcard featuring two tabby cats or kittens in the middle of a wood shaving pile, a brick wall serving as the backdrop. This postcard has a landscape layout and is entitled A Frolic, showing the image/design number of 6204 in the bottom right corner.Maker unknown, this postcard has a divided back and is postally unused.Measures 5-1/2 inch x 3-1/2 inch and in good condition, with some wear and specs of image peelings at the edges, and a crease in the bottom left c..
Oh so charming, this Woolson Spice trade card shows a sleeping Santa, dressed in brown boots and a green suit, his red bag now empty, the presents delivered. Hovered around him are five young girls, delighted and intrigued by their discovery, with one daring girl tapping Santa's cap with a pointed bough of Christmas holly.With a landscape orientation, this card is in very good condition, with a crease in the upper right-hand corner; a short tear in the bottom edge, to the..
Adorable vintage die cut Hallmark Christmas greeting card depicting the cutest of young reindeer, with the spotted fawn sporting little golden antler knobs atop his head. Around his neck is an evergreen Christmas wreath with a variety of colorful holiday ornaments. The top-folding card reads "Hi, Brother!" above his head, with the inside greeting of:Wishing you a Christmas
That is happy all day through,
Because it's so much fun to have
A brother as nice as you!
For those who love vintage ephemera, here's a beautiful 1894 antique Woolson Spice Easter Greetings For Grandma chromolithograph trade card featuring a sweet curly-haired girl carrying a small wicker basket in one hand and a white flower in the other. Her wide brim Easter hat is topped with billowy white feathers. I couldn't find another online offering of this particular trade card in my research, but the illustration quality is near that of Maud Humphrey or Frances Bru..
Send love and Christmas greetings to your nephew with this unused vintage Norcross die cut Christmas card featuring a young boy wearing flocked red footed pajamas and matching stocking hat, delighted with his haul of Christmas toys. The card cover reads: "For You, Nephew Merry Christmas." Open the card to find a 3D tree at the fold, with a message inside that reads: "For such a very nice Nephew, Christmas should be just right. So here comes love and a big wish, to..
Doll #3 from the Land of Make Believe Hallmark doll card series, this is Mary Mary Quite Contrary, issued in 1947. This die cut card is one of the paper dolls created by Hallmark artist Vivian "Viv" Trillow Smith. The card has a couple of gentle creases, but no tears, and Mary is missing the feather in her hat.Card measures approx. 5-7/8 inch long, 5 inch wide. Marked on the back with simply A Hallmark Card / Viv...
With a bold, stylish flare that hints of a Rat Pack era design, this fabulous unused vintage 1950s / 1960s New Year's card will help start the new year in glittery style. The card front features a pair of martini glasses topped off by maraschino cherries, with a gold-trimmed 'Happiness for the New Year' greeting, against a white and red horizontal zebra stripe background, all accented by a splattering of bold black, gold, and silver spots, with silver glitter to finish it off..
This unused vintage poodles Christmas card is small in size, but huge in charm, featuring two embossed white poodles, dressed in a touch of glitter and red-pink collars, standing near a Christmas tree. The greeting reads: 'A gift for you [open card] Hope you'll like it, too! Merry Christmas'. Measures 4-1/4 inch x 2-13/16 inch and is marked on the reverse 10X1369 - Greetings Inc. Accompanied by the original envelope, all in excellent condition. (The envelope shows only a hint..
Another fabulous, unused flocked Christmas card from Norcross, this two-sided standing Santa holds a miniature Christmas tree with ornaments, and a gift tag on the front that says Hi! Merry Christmas, while the reverse side shows Happy New Year, Too! The card is constructed with a horizontal slot at the base of the card back and an attached flab at the base of the front half that has a tab to insert into the back to help it stand.The message inside the card reads:Coming..
From Norcross and likely dating to the late 1950s or early 1960s, an unused two-sided vintage flocked Santa Christmas card, featuring a jolly Santa playing a squeeze box concertina (likely on its way to be a gift under the nearby Christmas tree), looking to be in mid-hop as he does a joyful Christmas jig. The message inside the card reads:Sing a song of Christmas that happy time is here! So be merry every minute and have a happy year!Back of card has the Norcross 'N' mark, an..
Jolly Santa brings vintage greetings to Dad this holiday season with this unused Hallmark Hi Pop-Pop die cut Christmas card. Santa's rosy cheeks, nose and lips area brought further to life with the white glistening mica glitter that is scattered around his beard. The inner left panel has a black and white drawing of Santa and his sleigh aloft in the skies behind a team of eight reindeer. The message on the right side reads:Just a little Christmas card but coming with it,..
Beautiful unused 1950s mid century vintage Sunshine greeting card in blue, gold and white, with three wise men kneeling and standing in reference to the Christmas star shining bright above the palatial city of Bethlehem. An angel hovers over the three kings in the upper left-hand corner, while this greeting of A Child is Born fills the oval center:A Child is BornIt happened so long ago it's hard to believethat because of it, tonight candles are lit,bells ring, children sing -..
1950s vintage Hallmark Christmas money card depicting a Christmas stocking full of toys, with a built-in plastic box for inserting coins. (Feeling generous? You could always insert dollar bills!) The card edges are finished with a pinking shears zigzag edge. The card front greeting is printed on a gift tag cutout top and says 'To wish you a merry Christmas'. Open the card and the holiday wishes read: 'Here's a Christmas stocking that's a very special one because it brings you..
Unused vintage Hallmark New Year greeting card depicting an adorable little dog wearing a red Christmas stocking cap, with a sprig of holly berries on his ear. The front of the card reads 'HI, Happy New Year' with another colorful drawing of this precious puppy on the inside flap, as he runs full speed ahead. The full greeting on the inside reads 'Hi there! Happy New Year! Here's a special wish for you for lots of joy and happiness and luck the new year through.' Ba..
Unused vintage mid-century (1950s) die cut full face Santa greeting card with Merry Christmas across the top of Santa's stocking cap. Over one brow is a sprig of green and red holly with a touch of gold, and the embossed Santa hat pom pom is finished in a glistening gold.The left inside card panel is decorated with an open sack of colorful toys, with what appears to be a doll, drum and dollhouse. visible. The Christmas greeting on the right side of the card reads:When Santa c..
Unused vintage die cut Norcross Christmas greeting card depicting an adorable puppy dog with a red Christmas stocking cap, dialing a red rotary dial telephone, with a gray mouse sitting on the phone. It appears the mouse may be holding the script for the call (or possibly the child's Christmas present wish list??).The front of the card reads 'Hello, Grandma and Grandpa'. The full holiday greeting on the inside reads 'Calling up, Grandma and Grandpa, to say Hello! Have a merry..
Vintage Christmas wrapping paper is refreshingly sweet with this red sculptured foil Christmas gift wrap covered in silver and pink candy canes.Created expressly for Sears Roebuck and Co., this roll likely to the late 1960s, early 1970s, at whatever point a roll of this quality and size would have sold for $1.79! One end of the roll shows a bit of a crease, but otherwise it is in excellent, unused condition, still fully enclosed in its original plastic wrap...
An old trade card extending New Year wishes from the Woolson Spice Co. featuring a young girl, her fur muff and doll snuggled close on her lap, as they sit out in the Winter snow. To the bottom right corner of the card is an inset image of a church. The card face is printed with 'A Happy New Year from the Woolson Spice Co. - May Heaven prosper all they ways wherever thou mayst go And Blessings rich of hope and health upon thy path bestow.' The artist name (Bufford) can be fou..
A fun, colorful vintage Tie Tie gift wrap in a rainbow prism color wheel pattern, with wheels that brings thoughts of shiny bubbles, in various sizes ranging from 3/8 inch to 1-1/4 inch wide. Limited only by the imagination, I imagine this paper could be used for wrapping or decorating almost anything!Package contains two sheets measuring 20 inch x 29 inch, with two matching gift tags. In great, unused, never opened condition. Likely dating to the 1950s. (The package ba..
Antique 1917 World War I sheet music to the Tell Taylor song He Sleeps Beneath The Soil Of France, with the cover depicting a woman, man, and dog sitting before a fireplace. The song lyrics tell the story of a young man who went off to and was wounded at war, and "knew that he was going to die there on that summer's day." Refrain: "He sleeps beneath the soil of France so many miles away, he left behind the one he loved and a mother old and gray, he foug..
3-2/3 sheets of red and white heart lace doilies vintage Hallmark Valentine gift wrapping paper, with one two-sheet package still unopened and the other only partially used.The unopened package contains two sheets measuring 30 inch x 20 inch, with only one of the two loose sheets having been used, and a 10 x 7 segment cut away. Both the unopened package and what remains of the opened package is in great condition. Original price of 35 cent likely dates to the 1960s.Great to u..
Antique 1917 World War I sheet music to the Jack Frost song When A Boy Says Good Bye To His Mother and She Gives Him to Uncle Sam, with the cover depicting a young man in military uniform embracing his mother. The song speaks of the pride, hope, and fear a mother has when her son goes off to serve in the war. Chorus: "When a boy says goodbye to his mother, and the sound of the bugle is heard, he knows that tear in her eye means 'Come back by and by,' tho her fond lips breathe..
Perfect for gift wrapping or even for the creative crafter, two vintage sheets of Tie Tie pink striped gift wrap paper, still in the original package. Sheets measure 20 inch x 29 inch. In good condition, with just a hint of rub and wear to the outer side edges. (Even though this is in its original packaging, it is in an open plastic sleeve with two sides open.)Given the various other vintage paper products this was stored and acquired with, believed to date to the 1960s..
New old stock (NOS) unopened package of vintage Tie Tie gift wrap with a velvety flocked textured rose pattern design in a light silver with a white textured design. Sheets measure 20 inch x 26 inch. A most unusual vintage gift wrap, perfect for gift wrapping or even for the creative crafter.
This paper likely dates to the 1960s. Be sure to also check out ..
New old stock (NOS) unopened package of vintage Tie Tie gift wrap with a textured silver pattern of bells, stars and candles, a design that was marketed as 'Our Lace Collection'. Ideal for Christmas gifts, and could even be used for December weddings. Sheets measure 20 inch x 26 inch. The outer packaging has a few tears, but the paper itself appears to be fully intact, with a curled edge.
Likely dates to the 1950s or 1960s. Be sure to also check out our other vintage g..
Unopened vintage Hallmark baby gift wrapping paper with pink cat and blue dog plush toys, yellow ducks, multi-color bead strings, booties, and letter blocks and boxed gifts covering edge to edge.Package contains two sheets measuring 20-1/4 inch x 28-1/2 inch. In great, unused, never opened condition. Given its 25 cent original price, likely dating to the 1950s or 1960s.Be sure to also check out the other vintage gift wrap below!..
Vintage Tie Tie gift wrap in a harlequin diamond pattern in red, silvery gray, black and white, great for wrapping "just because" everyday gifts for anyone or even presents for a man in your life.Package contains two sheets measuring 20 inch x 30 inch. In great, unused, never opened condition. Likely dating to the 1950s. (One of the packages of Tie Tie gift wrap coming from the same estate has a name and address that simply shows as "Chicago Printed String Co. * Chicago..
A charming colorful vintage die cut Christmas card from The NewBury Guild depicting Santa driving an old-fashioned delivery truck, loaded down with Christmas presents. The overhang on the truck front reads Here Comes Santa, with the side panel labeled Nick Claus ~ Christmas Delivery. The back of the card is equally charming, with a truck overhang reading There Goes Santa above an even larger collection of wrapped packages, with a decorated Christmas tree making the delivery c..
Adorable 1950s red flocked vintage Hallmark money holder greeting card, die cut in the shape of a stocking. Peeking out from the stocking top is a gray mouse, just below the note 'There's something tucked inside this sock' (with the 's' actually a dollar sign). Inside the card reads 'And what it's 'sposed to do — is buy a little Christmas gift for me to give to you!! Merry Christmas Happy New Year'.The right side of the card is printed with a ribbon bow and bells, with a cut ..
Unused vintage Norcross Christmas card with side panels that fold and meet in the middle, opening like french doors. The split front features an outdoor countryside Winter scene, with two evergreen trees decorated with glitter to give them that Christmas tree look. One half of the card is finished in a dark teal blue color, the other half finished in a reddish pink. The card front greeting says 'With love at Christmas to Sister and her Husband', while inside the card says 'Co..
Precious unused vintage holiday greeting card from Greetings, featuring a Christmas tree being decorated by three sweet young angels, all decorated with a light sprinkling of mica glitter. The card cover wishes Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, with the inside reading 'With every good wish - For every nice thing - A wonderful Christmas Day - Ever can bring!'Card measures 7-1/8 inches long and 3-7/8 inches wide, and comes with its original envelope, both in excellent con..
If your sweetheart lady is one to love vintage hankies and is also a December baby, this Christmas poinsettia handkerchief birthday greeting card is sure to win her heart! The Treasure Masters birthday card handkerchief sleeve is embossed with red roses and other flowers, while the hanky itself has Christmas poinsettias around the edges and happy Santa on the inner segments. Hanky has oval All Cotton - Made In Philippines tag, along with the Sears, Roebuck & C..
For a bit of a nutty Christmas greeting card for Dad, here's an unused vintage Hallmark Christmas card shaped like a walnut. The embossed pleated shell is decorated with a red bow along with a gift tag that says "To put it in a nutshell, Dad". Fold the card's nut shell open to reveal a gray squirrel wearing a red Santa hat and holding a sign that says "You're the greatest! Merry Christmas". Back of card has the Hallmark mark, and 15x 476-1 / Hallmark Cards, Inc. / ..