Four years ago I wrote Season’s Greetings, a column about photo cards and shared an antique example from my collection. It’s a beautiful New Year’s card from a woman to her friends. As you can see, sending photo cards is nothing new. That one dates to the 1880s.
I used to mail standard cards with a few words inside but since I wrote that piece I decided to join the millions that now design their own picture greeting. One of the photo editing programs I use lets me select snapshots and drop them into the layout. It’s a cinch. I usually select a collage type display that allows me to pick several different images to tell our family story in photos and captions. I just never get around to writing a full letter!
In addition to saving the cards I receive, I also keep a copy of the one I send out. It’s a mini archive of holiday greetings.
I’m not sure how many of you are checking this space during this busy time of year, but if you have a heritage photo card, send me a jpg of the image and I’ll post it here next week. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. In the meantime…