Postcards, Letter M and N, Plus Friday Smiles

I found a collection of postcards at a yard sale years ago and Lisca at Scrapping cavewoman has reminded me of the find.

 The study and collecting of postcards is called “deltiology.” Postcards were first printed in the 19th century, but it took some time for them to gain in popularity; many people did not like the idea of writing notes which anyone could read! The value of old postcards is dependent on a number of factors, including their condition, rarity, age, and subject matter. Quoted from Love to Know.

About the artist – V. Colby
Vincent Colby was an American artist and animator whose work was popular in the early 1900′s. He is known for artwork of pets. He briefly worked in the animation industry at Bray Studios, where he animated and possibly directed two short films, I Should Worry (1915) and Seven Cutey Puppies (1917). quoted from

This card was sent to Cora Gilbertson in Bryant, S. Dakota in Oct of 1911. The sender writes “Hello Kiddo”, and that she’s still alive and kicking. She talks of the weather and “wish you were here” also to greet the family.

I had joined postcrossing in 2009 when my daughter was young thinking we could map all the places that the postcards were from and it would be fun. Sarah loves animals, so I asked for animal postcards too. Unfortunately, my new found interest didn’t last but a few postcard exchanges before I brushed it aside. Reading and seeing Lisca’s passion for cards re-sparked my own. When she said it was Postcrossing that she used to exchange cards, I re-opened my long forgotten account and sent a few to give it a try once again. So my plan is to post about postcards in the weeks ahead.

My ABC Scrapbook is coming along nicely,

we have M for Mouse and N for Net.

And some Friday Smiles to share

Did you ever imagine that being able to find/purchase these items would be cause for celebration??!!
Whose in whose spot??!!

~ Have a Good Weekend ~

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Hello! I'm a 50 something wife and mother of two girls ~ I started Blogging in March of 2011 on Blogger and just converted to WordPress in Dec 2019. I started paper crafting in 1995 when I first tried embossing with powder, I was so excited and couldn't believe it was so easy to make something so beautiful. Creativeseconds was started as a way of selling secondhand craft supplies and cards on Ebay and Etsy. You will find creative cards, tags, and paper crafting projects here as well as craft room organizational ideas. Follow along with me and comments are welcomed and appreciated.

11 thoughts on “Postcards, Letter M and N, Plus Friday Smiles

  1. I chuckled at your comment about people not liking postcards to be read by others… well remember my mum writing the address on the right way up then turning the card to write the message with the idea that the postman wouldn’t want to be seen turning the card round to read it on the way up the path to deliver it 😂😂😂😂.
    Annie x

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  2. That’s a lovely postcard, very cute. I had a huge box of vintage postcards, but have given many of them away in the course of the years. Love the pages you made for your daughter, she is so cute as a mouse. Good funnies, too, I especially love the mandala, I often feel like that and sometimes just do it! Have a nice afternoon/evening, hugs, Valerie

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  3. Woohoo! You have started! (again) How exciting! You might see it differently this time and not get bored with it too quickly. You write that you have been waiting 18 days. Don’t worry. In these strange days it is going to take extra long as certain countries don’t send mail out or there are no flights enough to carry all the mail and the cards get left behind. The Postcrossing website have a postal monitor page (that gets updated regularly) where you can see which countries are not posting ( Lithuania does not seem to have suspensions and delays are not recorded on the page. So just be patient. It will arrive sooner or later.
    Your ABC scrapbook is really lovely. Do you do a page every day? How disciplined you are!
    And I love the funnies. Especially the mandala.

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    1. Thank you! you have no idea what an inspiration you have been to me in this strange time we find ourselves in! with the ABC album I’m trying to do a page every other day, but I printed what pictures I wanted to use ahead of time so it seems to be going so quickly! ~ Thank you for your encouragement ~ Enjoy your weekend!


  4. It’s always such a pleasure to come and visit you Karen as I know there will always be something fascinating going on here. I’d never heard of Postcrossing but I love the concept. It’s occurred to me more than once over the last month that our declining postal services are something to be treasured and built back up. There is nothing more uplifting than receiving wonderful things in the post. Not so sure about postcards as I prefer cards and have plenty to use! Your scrapbook pages truly inspire me. I think the most difficult thing for me is the photos as I always want them to be specific sizes and no longer have the ability to print them myself. Any tips? Your funnies are always so welcome. The mandala one had me cackling with laughter like a demented hen! Have a good weekend, Vicky x

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    1. I figured out if I edit the pictures too much ahead of time, they’re too zoomed in when I get them printed. So I say we revert back to the old fashion way of just ordering what you like from any online co. like snapfish, shutterfly etc. or send your order through pharmacy if they have machines to print like we do in the US – I’m not worried about the perfect layout, I just want to save the memory 🙂


  5. I know I’m late and apologize. I was awakened yesterday by such a loud noise, it shook my entire house. It also knocked my electricity out for over 20 hours.

    I love the postcard you shared and learned a LOT about postcards, too. Thanks for the information.

    Sarah’s scrapbook is coming along nicely. I love the mouse, especially.

    Laughed at the funnies, especially the toilet paper. It seems so true, too My problem was, I didn’t account for how much litter (the boys toilet paper) I would run through. I felt sure 84 lbs would be enough, but luckily, my friend Sally shops at Sam’s and picked up four 42 lb containers for me. I’m hoping that’s enough.

    Again, sorry to be so late visiting. Hope you have a lovely rest of the weekend. BTW, I saw your comment on “handbags” from Tuesday. I also call mine a PURSE, but what fun would it be to say Choose your tea purse (grin)?

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  6. That’s a wonderful vintage image to start the post, and your scrapbook pages are charming. What a great idea to work through the alphabet.

    The funnies made me smile – especially the mandala!
    Alison x


  7. Thanks for the smiles! The M for Mouse page is adorable, the little mouse asleep steels the show …lol … what an fantastic outfit and your additions are perfect 😁. So nice you got those essential goodies, I know what you mean about celebrating I did that when I managed to get paracetamol, antiseptic wipes and hand wash. I hope your having a lovely week! Take care! Hugs, Jo x

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  8. Beautiful old postcard 🙂 I too joined Postcrossing years ago and dropped it a few months later.
    Maybe I should rejoin 🙂

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