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..
Send Christmas cheer to that dear aunt with this unused vintage Norcross die cut Christmas card featuring a white rabbit tucked away in a red boot trimmed with white flocked "fur" and evergreen garnish with Christmas bells. The card cover says, "Hello, Auntie!" and the message inside reads:But everyone would like to have an auntie just like you because you're nice as you can be and you do such nice things, too! Merry Christmas, Auntie - Here's lots of love.Back of card has th..
A fabulous Woolson Spice chromolithograph trade card dating to 1893 and featuring a gorgeous curly-haired girl Writing the Letter to Santa. The white border frame around her holds visions of buggies, candy canes, Christmas trees, dolls, and more as she, at the center, ponders with quill pen in hand just what she should write.
In researching this little beauty, I didn't find this particular trade card, but I did find another illustrated by Frances Brundage, that (to me)..
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 -..
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..
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..
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..
Vintage cat Christmas wrapping paper doesn't get much more adorable than this! Featuring the cutest white kittens playing with ornaments and wearing green bows or striped Christmas stockings, there's one lone black kitten that's snuggled up in the mix. Marketed as A Purr-fect Christmas, this package contains two sheets measure 30 inch x 20 inch. Given its original price of $0.25 and the lack of a zip code, I speculate it dates to the early 1960s. In excellent condition, ..
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..
An unopened package of four Hallmark press-on / stick on seal trims with tags depicting a Christmas tree with antique candle lights, garland and candy canes and stock-on tags with a stack of presents off to the side. Great for using on gifts or even for crafting!
The stick-on Christmas trees are approx. 4-1/2 inch high, while the name tags are 3 inch wide and 1 inch high (on the left side).
Product number is marked as 29XS 72-1. Given the $0.29 original price..
An unopened package of four sheets of Hallmark press-on / stick on seal trims with tags depicting Santa with his rosy red cheeks full of delight over the bag full of Christmas gifts carried in his back. A separate smaller sticker depicts a pile of three Christmas gifts, also accompanied by a small square stick-on name tag.
For size reference, the Santa press-on sticker is approx. 4-1/2 inch high.
Product number is marked as 29XS 70-1. Given the $0.29 original ..
Just way too cool (and super colorful!) this vintage 1950s Gibson holiday Christmas coin holder greeting card takes on the form of a Christmas Circus Train, with the card folding out into three panels to reveal a variety of circus animals - giraffe, seal, elephant, and tiger. The circus animals are hanging out of the train windows and joined by two circus clowns, all decorated with glistening mica to provide a wonderful finishing touch. As a child, it was always fun to receiv..
A precious unused vintage Hallmark Slim Jim Christmas greeting card for that special sister, with a hint of fruity, a touch of fashion, and finishing off with a warm and fuzzy feeling, thanks to a couple of adorable kitties (the second cat, inside, featured at the center of an image of a pink Christmas ornament). The card greeting reads:
We cannot pick our SISTERS
Like an APPLE or a PEAR,
We cannot pick and choose them
Like we do the HAT we wear,
To think of all..
A perfect cat card for a kitty loving friend, here's an unused vintage Norcross New Year greeting card from Your Secret Pal for A New Year Wish. The front of the card features two adorable white kittens, decorated with white mica glitter, and playing on a string of blue holiday bells. The inside message reads:'A brand-new year is starting and your Secret Pal wouldn't miss the chance to send you greetings - the chance to wish you this - A year of health and happiness of luck, ..
I love the simple yet beautiful color combination and design in this unused 1950s Sunshine mid century vintage Christmas greeting card in gold, white, and green. The outer edges of the card front are framed in embossed white holly leaves with gold evergreen pine, with Christmas bell, tree, and ornament to add to the card's Christmas greeting message: 'Christmas morning never dawns, its evening never ends without a though of good old times a though of good old friends.' ..
An unused vintage letter from Santa to Dearest Friend, accompanied with the envelope, marked Personal on the front and From Santa Claus by Secret Agreement with Montgomery Ward on the back. The letter talks about Santa's preparations for Christmas and the approaching sleigh ride with reindeers bringing good cheer and wishes for joy.With a picture of Santa, his finger to his lips hushing the team of reindeer all geared up and ready for the Christmas trip, with snow-topped roof..
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..
A beautiful, unused vintage Hallmark greeting card offering a Christmas Prayer by Peter Marshall. The soft green parchment paper shows a winter church scene, with a river in the foreground and the eye drawn to a horse-drawn carriage in front of and parishioners entering a country church. The cover cover is printed with the following Christmas Prayer by Chaplain Peter Marshall, chaplain of the United States Senate:And we do pray, Lord Jesus, that as we celebrate Thy birt..
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,..
An unused vintage letter from Santa, accompanied with the envelope, marked Personal on the front and From Santa Claus by Secret Agreement with Montgomery Ward on the back. The letter is addressed Dear Little Chum and talks about Christmas magic and the reindeer and how, together, they'll be bringing joy on Christmas day.With a picture of Santa changing out of his boots and slipping his slippers onto his feet, while a young spotted fawn is curled sleeping nearby, two adult dee..
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..
A vintage Norcross Christmas Babies gift wrap wrapping paper sheet in colors of red, white, and green, depicting precious babies all dressed in red at various adorable modes. There is a sleeping baby; a bright-eyed child with a bough of holly in its hand; an infant entertained by the ribbon on his leg, the other end tied to a young baby fawn wearing Christmas holly; a pair of infants studying a green gingham stuffed dog, one with a rattle in its hand; and another young lad, o..
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..
An unused roll of gorgeous vintage Christmas wrapping paper with a red backdrop for elegant gold Christmas bells finished with sprigs of holly on a sculpted foil paper.
The Rhapsody brand was made by Papercraft Corp., likely in the 1960s or 1970s, at whatever point a roll of this quality and size would have sold for $0.77! Roll is in excellent, unused condition, still fully enclosed in its original plastic wrap...
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..