Vintage Greeting Cards

Pamelad1November 7, 2004

My dear Granny is 77 years old and has received a vast amount of greeting cards over her lifetime. Now, she has decided that it is time to get rid of them to free up some space (there is a large box of them). Some of these cards date back to the 1950's and are from her family and friends. To me, they are a type of history, since more names are added to the cards as families have grown and changed. However, we have no idea what to do with these cards other than throw them away. I have promised her that I would sit down with her to pick out the most important ones (My grandfather died when he was 32 and she was 31 and she never remarried, so anything from him is a keeper). Any suggestions on what to do with the cards we save (some way to display them) or what to do with the ones that she decides to part with? I hate to just toss them in the garbage. Help!

Thanks in advance,


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I wouldn't throw them away, store them in a box and when you are "granny's age" they will be collector's items, and/or make a display in like a shadow box...

I have vintage cards/postcards from early 1900's, I just put them in archival storage, they are very collectable.

    Bookmark   November 7, 2004 at 11:01AM
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My niece says she would put them in a scrapbook. She says you can use the little corners glued to the book pages and then insert the card by the corners so it does not get damaged. You could probably decorate the page with mementos or pics of the sender.

    Bookmark   November 7, 2004 at 6:34PM
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Hi, I saw someone post this site and thought maybe you could use it to make some gift boxes out of some of the cards. Just a thought!!

    Bookmark   November 8, 2004 at 9:27AM
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Pam-I think putting them in a scrapbook would be a good idea.Mount them so they can be opened to see the inside.Then your grandma could go through them and remember her friends and family and the memories from the past.I would take a few of them,maybe the ones most precious to her from her husband,and make a shadow box.Use the cards as the background and maybe add some momentos she has of her DH,glasses,an old watch,wedding ring,tie tack,a piece of costume jewelry given to her by him,etc. attached with pins or glue.........Lillie

    Bookmark   November 8, 2004 at 4:24PM
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Cut out the pictures on the cards and punch a hole in them and hang them on the xmas tree.

    Bookmark   November 9, 2004 at 11:12AM
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use a huge card board panel and make a montague to hang on her wall or a door in her room.the way you do x-mas cards.dollar general had a nice scrape book for $ 2.95.but don,t throw them away.i have some that were left in an abandon house they are very entertaining

    Bookmark   November 10, 2004 at 7:27PM
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You can make a wallet or coin purse out of a larger one. Just laminate it on both sides, or use clear packing tape, and use velcro for the closure piece. Some of the cards are sooooooo cool and make great little coin purses or even check book covers.

    Bookmark   November 12, 2004 at 10:26PM
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Make a serving tray. Use a wood picture frame, you can cut the cards or leave them whole. make a collage of the cards place in the picture frame. Then attach two handles to the picture frame makes a nice Christmas serving tray. I have saved cards for this idea seen it in a magazine a few years ago...still need to put it all together.

    Bookmark   November 14, 2004 at 8:20AM
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I went to an estate sale recently and out in a dusty, forgotten corner of the garage found a large JC Penney box FILLED with very carefully kept greeting cards dating from the 1930's to the 1980's. Every card that this couple had exchanged--and they had celebrated every holiday you can think of with very nice, expensive cards--had been lovingly saved. I absolutely could not bear the thought of just tossing the record of a 50 year love affair into the garbage, so I bought them. I had no idea what I would every do with them.

I find myself going through them once in a while, reading their little notes to each other and later, the long, chatty notes from their son and daughter after they had married and moved away. The cards mark the time span from their engagement right through their marriage, into the later years and failing health and hospital stays.

I finally took several of the more stunning cards and decoupaged them onto glass blocks and lit the inside of the block with clear mini lights. They look great decorated with ribbon and other vintage trim, and now these great cards can be enjoyed for a long time to come. :) This might be an idea for some of the cards you want to display all the time or use as holiday decorations.

    Bookmark   November 18, 2004 at 8:32PM
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Hi All,
I am a newbie here and LOVE all your ideas :-)
Could you make a montage picture from the cards and frame it for your gran? Make it large so she can see a lot of the cards
Gill (Gillian) Australia

    Bookmark   November 24, 2004 at 6:44PM
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The local historical society or schools need real actual examples from the past. I bet there is someone out there looking for cards just like it. YES, even used.
I collected old vintage cards for years. Unused.
I would give them as real cards. Seeing they are. Real.
Some are horrid and ugly.
I never told people they were vintage or recycled.
Some were so ugly I laughed and was full of giggles to give away. I always waited for someone to go...what the heck avacado green with pink stripes for Christmas?
No one ever asked why my cards are so different,to put it nicely. Some of the cards from the 40's and 50's used feathers, sequins and real crazy stuff.
My neighbor died and I have some of her stuff. I have vintage wrapping paper. Paper back then was so think and lovely. My faves are the baby showers and wedding.
I have some crazy old cut outs too. Like victorian syle.
enjoy your treasures.

    Bookmark   November 29, 2004 at 11:56AM
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Saw some in a magazine the other day that had been "sandwiched" between two pieces of glass with a piece of silk fabric as a "mat". The pieces of glass were then clipped together and the whole thing was in a holder similar to a plate holder. You might pick out a couple of the prettiest ones and do an arrangement like this for your grandmother.

    Bookmark   December 1, 2004 at 12:34AM
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I saw an idea for xmas cards on the HGTV site yesterday.
It was a picture frame that they had put cards behind the glass on top of a mat & they were using it for a tray.


    Bookmark   December 1, 2004 at 12:41AM
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Put the cards in plastic sleeves and a note book--makes them easier to read.

I have some from early 1900's and stood them on little picture stands on our dinning table at Christmas--very colorful and interesting reading since they were from our uncles and and great aunts.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2005 at 5:22PM
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I always save my cards. I used to drape long ribbon or yarn around windows or doorways and hang all the cards as decorations for Christmas. Then as I began to realize a lot of them were from relatives and friends that had passed away, I began putting them into scrapbooks. Along with special cards from my children and grandchildren, I have several scrapbooks of cards I love to look at and remember when they were received.

    Bookmark   January 4, 2005 at 3:17AM
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With old post cards that my grandmother sent my grandfather (dating to 1905) and then ones my mother sent home after she moved away (dating to 1940) I picked out some special ones and framed them, using inexpensive (but matching) black frames with a white mat. I've hung them in the hallway and going up the stairs. Maybe you could something like that with the most special ones?

    Bookmark   January 13, 2005 at 8:43AM
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