Giving Thanks Now & Then

I just recently discovered Downton Abbey. I know you are thinking "where have I been for the past decade?" Under a rock, I guess! Now, that I've started binge-watching episodes I can't stop! Every spare moment I get I turn it on. The story is incredible and keeps me coming back for more!

Not too long ago my daughter and I stumbled on a sale at a storage unit. There were all kinds of items to sift through. Mostly old dusty junk way past its prime. But in all of this mess, we did find some real treasures that are super fitting to share with you at Thanksgiving & remind me a little of life at Downton Abbey.

When we opened this dusty old box we knew immedietly that we had stumbled on something really special! Old postcards filled the box to the brim! Postcards celebrating Christmas, Easter, New Years, Halloween & the majority of them honoring Thanksgiving.

The artwork alone from back then was just amazing. My favorite Thanksgiving cards show terrified turkeys running for their lives while being chased by a hungry hatchet-yielding man. They are really cool glimpse of the past!

Messages handwritten in cursive that were more than a hundred years old filled the backs of the postcards. Many are postmarked from 1909 and as a former teacher, I must say their penmanship deserves an A+. Every single card is written in cursive. You don't see this type of beautiful handwriting very often anymore.

The notes usually wish a Happy Thanksgiving or ask about the weather. One, in particular though, was written by a man named E.J. who was missing his wife. She had been gone more than two weeks and while he waited for her return he writes "a fellow's feet get mighty cold these frosty nights!" I sure hope she got back to warm up poor E.J.'s frozen feet!

At first glance, I thought I'm going to be featured on Antiques Roadshow and they'll tell me I'm stinking rich off my storage unit discovery! Surely, the stamps alone must be worth a fortune, right? Well, not so much. The postcards are worth a couple of bucks and the stamps are practically worthless.

But, that's okay because, after reading card after card I realized the value is not what I physically held in my hand. The value was the connection between these families and friends more than a hundred years ago. If you were to tweak the flowery language a little the messages are still completely relevant today.

Turns out the true value is in the relationship between the sender and the recipient. You, the reader of our blog, are the recipient of our messages and for you we give thanks.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!