Send Your Best Wishes with Vintage New Year's Cards!

New Year's postcards have been popular (with ups and downs) since the beginning of the printing industry. The tradition of sending greetings at the beginning of the new year dates at least a couple of millenniums back to ancient China and Egypt. While electronic devices reduced the number of sent New Year's greeting cards, the tradition is still alive in practically every corner of the world.

Handmade greeting cards were already sold across Europe in the 15th century. With the evolvement of the printing technique picture postcards, including the ones with New Year's, Valentine's, Easter, and Christmas greetings postcards became extremely popular. Every kind of graphic material was considered for picture postcards but illustrations like the one below (created by Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928)) dominated the early years.

drawing for vintage new year greeting card charles rennie mackintosh

Some of the best artists in the world designed them and clubs of collectors with thousands and thousands of active members were established. This time, roughly starting just before 1900 and ending with World War, is called the Golden Era. Gradually a part of the market was occupied by photo postcards but illustrated cards never completely fell out of fashion.

We will present examples mostly from this time. One card per artist. All of them focus on the first day of January. All of them are in the Public Domain due to 70+ years rule.

Enjoy your journey!

Charles Henry Bennett (1828-1867)


happy new year card charles h bennett

 

Germaine Bouret (1907-1953)

new year card germaine bouret

 

Frances Brundage (1854-1937)


vintage new years picture postcard frances brundage

 

Vincenzo Castelli (1884-1942)


happy new years picture postcard vincenzo castelli

 

Ellen Clapsaddle (1865-1934)


vintage happy new year postcard ellen clapsaddle

 

Thomas Crane (1808-1859)


best wishes for new year card thomas crane

 

Paula Ebner (1873-1949)


new years card by paula ebner

 

Kate Greenaway (1846-1901)


new years card kate greenaway

 

Paul Heitz (1857-1943)


old new years card paul heitz

 

Charles Robert Knight (1874-1953)


happy new year card charles r knight

 

Jean Emile Laboureur (1877-1943)


black and white new year postcard jean emile laboureur

 

Switbert Lobisser (1878-1943)


vintage bw new years card switbert lobisser

 

Charlotte Elizabeth Martin aka Lallie Charles (1869-1919)


new years photo postcard lallie charles

 

Lucien Achille Mauzan (1883-1952)


new year card vintage lucien achille mauzan

 

Jenny Nystrom (1854-1946)


vintage new year post card jenny nystrom

 

Xavier Sager (1870-1930)


new years card xavier sager

 

Samuel Loren Schmucker (1879-1921)


new years card samuel l schmucker

 

Franz Stassen (1869-1949)


old happy new year card franz stassen

 

Carl Robert Arthur Thiele (1860-1936)


holiday new year card arthur thiele

This page will add new material when available, so don't forget to bookmark it. And have a Happy New Year!

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