Master Thomas Receives a Christmas Postcard – East Liverpool, Ohio (1910)

We do not know exactly the age of Thomas Griffin, but the address suggests he was a boy and that he lived with his parents.

East Liverpool is a city on the upper Ohio River, at the Pennsylvania border in northeast Ohio.

In 1910, it was a world-wide leader in pottery manufacturing.

On December 24, 1910, young Thomas received a beautiful Christmas postcard from Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

The face of the postcard bears an original painting – a view of a rural church at dusk, probably in an Alpine region.

(I have seen small churches with onion-domed towers scattered through the Alps – in northern Italy, in Austria, and in Germany – especially Bavaria.)

The postcard, with embossed church and trees, was printed in Germany.

The sender includes only his initial, but includes a wish for a “Merry Xmas and Happy New Year.”

I found the postcard to be a very fine example of Christmas Postcard art.

One hopes that Thomas, his family, and the sender of the postcard – all enjoyed a wonderful holiday.


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