Where Brooklyn residents bought Christmas cards

Bought your holiday cards yet? This vintage Brooklyn business card is your reminder.

Sending Christmas greeting cards was apparently enough of a tradition in Brooklyn by the turn of the last century that stationery stores put them at the top of their list of amenities on business cards.

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I wonder what “fringed” cards looked like. Too bad the S.H. Palmer & Company stationery store can’t tell us, because they’ve long closed up shop. The last address at 481 Fulton was a cell phone store.

This card is part of the wonderful Fulton Street Trade Card Collection at the Brooklyn Public Library.

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3 Responses to “Where Brooklyn residents bought Christmas cards”

  1. P. Gavan Says:

    Click on this link — found Victorian “fringed” cards on Ebay, which is probably what they were referring to.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/ANTIQUE-1882-Fringed-CHRISTMAS-CARD-Hand-Painted-TRAIN-SCENE-Ribbon-POM-POMs-/321258332297?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4acc7d2089

  2. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    Thanks PG! What a weird fad.

  3. Ricky Says:

    Here is a link to one of Prang’s fringed cards

    http://www.americanantiquarian.org/Exhibitions/Valentines/victorian.htm

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