Sunday, April 12, 2009

Easter Greetings

Easter postcards had their heyday from the 1880s to 1910. Most were chromolithographs printed in Germany prior to World War I. Often embellished with gold and silver embossing, sometimes glitter, these fanciful cards were colorful, beautiful and full of symbolism. Eggs symbolized life, rabbits were associated with fertility, children with innocence, and the poultry were the source of the eggs. Young women symbolized luck and hope. Religious cards were also popular, with heavenly angels, crosses formed by forget-me-nots or violets and sheep symbolizing Jesus.

The popularity of sending Easter postcards dropped off during the Great Depression and never revived after World War II. Hallmark and e-cards seem a weak substitution.

Wishing my readers a most blessed Easter Day.

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