Monthly Archives: November 2010

Vintage Christmas Cards, 1961


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Vintage Christmas Cards, 1967

These pages are from the 1967 Montgomery Ward Christmas Catalog.

An interesting side note on how much our culture has changed is that the Christmas Card Tree holds up to 168 cards.

Who in the world would get 168 cards nowadays?

Every year I send out 25 – 35 and receive about 12.


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Vintage Christmas Cards, 1968

These are pages 360 and 361 from the 1968 Sears Christmas Catalog.

It surprises me that Christmas cards have changed so little since 1968. With the exceptions of Numbers 1, 2, 13,19, and 21, they look similar to current ones.

1920’s, 30’s, 40’s and 50’s cards are a little easier to date by their unique styling. The sketchy style of the angel (#13) and the lion & the lamb (#21) are somewhat typical of the modern look of the 1960s, but I’ve seen 1950s illustrations that are similar.

I hope this helps anyone who’s hoping to date vintage cards, and I do apologize for the scratchy look of the scan. Old catalogs and magazines are really not easy to scan clearly.

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15 Authors

This idea came from Brenda’s post at Coffee, Tea, Books and Me. She got the idea from Sarah, at Thoroughly Alive.



How enjoyable to read another person’s list of favorite authors or books! When visiting in others’ homes, I’m always interested to see what’s on their bookshelf. Does it tell us anything about people to see what they read? Probably. Actually, I’m sure it does.

Several years ago our younger son (an adult at the time) told us that his friends were offended at the books in our living room. I doubt he was referring to the craft, gardening or music books. Surely he meant the ones on conservative politics and Christianity.

It seems that I’m always searching for someone who likes the same books that I love, because I so want to discuss them. However, I don’t think I have one single friend that shares an interest in very many of my favorite books or authors.

It’s funny because when I find a friend who likes to read, we seldom read the same books, even though we might have lots of other things in common. My friend, Patti, is a dedicated Christian, likes antiques and stories of the old days, tea cups, family history, card making and scrapbooking and southern gospel music. We share all of those things.

However, she also likes talk shows, loves country music (this one still has me shaking my head because she’s from New Jersey and I’m from the south. If it’s country and it’s not Johnny Cash or Patsy Cline, I’m probably not happy); Patti can’t stand Sara Palin and Dick Cheny (I love them both). She voted for Ralph Nadar and likes Mitt Romney. If they were the only choices, I’d be staying home on election day.

So, despite the fact that we’re both voracious readers, Patti and I rarely read or enjoy the same books. The only 2 exceptions I can think of (yes, yes, I know… of which I can think or something like that) are “



I really love the idea of a book club, but my ideal would be a cozy book group or at least a cozy mystery one.

Anyway, my list of most read or beloved authors goes something like this:


Emily Barnes
Peg Bracken
Priscilla Buckley
William F. Buckley
Emily Kimbrough
Norman Longmate
Corrie ten Boom

Jane Austen
M.C. Beaton
Elizabeth Caddell
Agatha Christie
Erle Stanley Gardner
L.M. Montgomery
Miss Read
Laura Ingalls Wilder

A few words about authors
I love Miss Read’s books so much that I probably should’ve listed her twice.

And even though I’ve enjoyed the writings of Jan Karon and John Grisham, they’re missing from this list for different reasons. Even though parts of the Mitford books are wonderful, and I think that Karon is a very talented writer, there are parts of her books that I really don’t like. And I disliked her

so badly that I didn’t get past the first chapter. I intensely dislike whining (it’s one of my own and unloveliest traits) and that book is one big whine.

Up until about 5 years ago I had read about everything that John Grisham had written. In fact,

is one of my all time favorite books. So, he would be on my B list, along with Jan Karon, Harper Lee, D.E. Stevenson and several others.

If I were less truthful, I’d list C.S. Lewis because I have tremendous respect for his work, but his works are so hard to read. Countless times, I’ve started reading Mere Christianity or The Screwtape Letters, then give up when the going gets deep. But I hope someday to read not only them, but also other volumes of his that I’ve collected over the years.

And Charles Dickens: I’ve read parts of A Christmas Carol, Oliver Twist, The Old Curiosity Shop and a considerable part of David Copperfield. The only one of his that I’ve actually finished was Bleak House. My interest was piqued in the story after I began watching the BBC version. The book was incredibly better.

Dickens was an amazing writer.


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Veteran’s Day

Love your freedom?

Thank a Veteran!

To all the veterans in my family and circle of friends, and also to all those I’ll never know personally:


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Some Eponymous Words

ep·onym – noun \ˈe-pə-ˌnim\
Definition of EPONYM
: one for whom or which something is or is believed to be named
: a name (as of a drug or a disease) based on or derived from an eponym

HANSARD (Parliamentary record)…….Luke Hansard (1752 – 1828)

BUNSEN (burner)……………………………..Professor R.W. Bunsen (1811 – 99)

SAM BROWNE (army belt)…………………General Sir Samuel J. Browne (1824 – 1901)

BRAILLE……………………………………………Louis Braille (1809 – 52)

SILHOUETTE…………………………………….Etienne de Silhouette (1709 – 67)

BOWDLERIZE (to expurgate)……………Thomas Bowdler (1754 – 1825)

QUISLING (traitor)……………………………..Vidkun Quisling (1887 – 1945)

WELLINGTON (boot)…………………………1st Duke of Wellington (1769 – 1852)

BOYCOTT…………………………………………. Captain Charles Cunningham Boycott (1832 – 97)

MANSARD (type of roof)…………………….Francois Mansard (1598 – 1666)

Taken from Schott’s Original Miscellany by Ben Schott.

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Some ‘Q’ words with no ‘U’

From Schott’s Original Miscellany, by Ben Schott:

1. Qadi

2. Qanat

3. Qanon

4. Qasida

5. Qere

6. Qhat

7. Qi

8. Qiviut
The wool of the undercoat of the musk ox


9. Qwerty
Definition of QWERTY
: a standard typewriter or computer keyboard —called also QWERTY keyboard
Origin of QWERTY
from the first six letters in the second row of the keyboard
First Known Use: 1929
Rhymes with QWERTY
dirty, flirty, shirty, thirty

If attempting to use these in Scrabble, I recommend having on hand a really up-to-date dictionary, because the online Webster’s, doesn’t list the first seven.


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