by: SUBMITTED - This turn of the century postcard features Santa looking more fit than in today's images.In the early part of the 1900s, people did not send Christmas cards as we know them today. They sent Christmas postcards.

Lucky for us, they were easy to put in scrapbooks, and some people did keep them, and they have been passed down to the SUBMITTED - Santa has rosy cheeks in the Christmas postcard from 100 years ago.

Some of the images are a little different from the ones we are used to.

The card with the Santa and bag full of toys shows a much thinner Santa than we see SUBMITTED - This card has the British royal seal.

The Santa with the robin has the rosiest cheeks, and is wearing a wreath. That particular card was made in SUBMITTED - This postcard was made in Germany.

The card with the writing about joy untold was published by Raphael Tuck & Sons, art publisher to their majesties the king and queen, and has the royal seal and “by appointment.” Very British!

The card with bells on it was printed in Germany, but the postage required for the United States and Canada was only one cent, and for foreign countries two cents.

by: SUBMITTED - This card features the Columbia River Gorge. The card with the scene from the Columbia Riverwas produced by the O. Newman Co. of Los Angeles and San Francisco.

People did not write very personal notes on the cards. Perhaps they did not want the postman to read of their business. But they usually just wrote best wishes and commented on the fact that they were feeling well.

In another hundred years, I doubt that our counterparts will have the nice artwork to remember us by. The email cards are a little hard to put into a scrapbook.

Here’s wishing all of you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year, and I’m feeling fine.

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