Uncle Jacob at the New Year – Columbia, PA (circa 1910)

Ida May Bard lived in Columbia, the beautiful town sitting above the Susquehanna River in southern Pennsylvania.

Since the early 19th century, the Pennsylvania Canal system, then the Pennsylvania and the Reading Railroads, made Columbia an important center of commerce and transportation.


At the beginning of a New Year near 1910, Ida received a charming New Year’s Day postcard.

The face of the postcard features an illustration of a rural church in winter -the scene is framed by a branch of holly.

Beneath the scene, a brightly-colored medal is inscribed “January 1”,

A legend announces, “My New Year Greeting”.

Like many well-made postcards of this era, this one was printed in Germany.

On the reverse, we read, “Wishing you a Happy New Year, from Uncle Jacob”.

The postcard was not mailed, which might mean that Uncle Jacob lived nearby.

It seems that Ida was pleased by the greeting as it was preserved in very good condition for more than a century.

One hopes that Uncle Jacob and his niece, Ida May, were happy and prosperous in the 20th century.


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