Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!

In my album of old postcards there were only three New Years ones.
I'm still puzzling over this one.
What do you think it means by the "Best Brand of A Happy New Year?"

This one is my all time favorite.
There is nothing better than a half-naked baby with a monocle swinging on a cold-ass brass pendulum. There is just so much symbolism in the image; from the holly to the bird to the sunrise in the face of the clock.
I don't think the artist could have added anymore.
Check out the top hat!
On the back of this postcard is a poem.
I'm not sure who James Reid was but he must have lived in Saco, Montana. There in no canceled stamp so I think it must been hand delivered.

In case you can't read it:

"Tis all in vain
we strive to say,
Our greetings in
some never way;
The same old words
will always start,
From heart to lip
from lip to heart."

James Reid

Any of you know if this is an original? I've done a basic Google search and if I get the time I'll check the and a couple of literary databases. And if I'm feeling really ambitious (though I don't see that happening) I'll check with my friends up at the Montana State Archives and the ASU-English Department.

This postcard expresses my sentiments completely.

With best New Year Wishes



  1. Why is that baby only naked from the waist down? That's a very stylish look. Tuxedo on top, party on the bottom.

    Happy New Year!

  2. Have a great New Year! I love those postcards.

  3. your cards are absolutely gorgeous. Come see me; I have a little surprise for you!

  4. That naked baby is a bit strange, wouldn't the metal be a bit cold on his poor butt?
    Happy New Year! I love it when you post the old postcards, they always remind me of something my Gram would have sent.

  5. Lovely cards. Thank you so much for sharing.

  6. Somebody put some pants on the BABY!!!

    Best brand? Maybe it was a cowboy sentiment?

  7. I love the second card, heheh. You can't go wrong with a monocle, even if you're a baby.

    Happy New Year!!

  8. Happy New Year! I'm thinking that naked kid might be uncomfortable! That thing must chaff!

  9. Happy New Year!

    Thanks for your comment on my blog - yeah, you have to be registered on the Herald-Leader site to make comments.

    Let me know how everyone likes the brownies. Actually, after I went to all the trouble to make them, I realized you could just make a box mix of brownies and layer the York Peppermint Patties in there. I may try that next time!!