A Belated Thanksgiving Postcard

By Val
@valmnz (13162)
New Zealand
November 27, 2017 12:55pm CST
I found this old Thanksgiving postcard in a box of postcards I have and even though Thanksgiving has been and gone for this year I thought I’d share it with you. I’m not sure how old this card is, possibly 1940s, but without all the technological frills of modern society now it definitely portrays simpler times. As an indication of its age, the back it states that to send the card postage was 1 cent domestic and 2 cents foreign. I love the way postcards were sent on all sorts of occasions in the past and that many have survived over the years. So, here it is, my belated Thanksgiving message to you all.
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@BarBaraPrz (17536)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
27 Nov
Very nice. If postage was a lot less these days, I'd send more cards.
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@valmnz (13162)
• New Zealand
27 Nov
I wonder how that postage price compares with the cost of living back then?
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@BarBaraPrz (17536)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
27 Nov
@valmnz Here's an idea: It doesn't mention an average wage, though. I know in the 60s minimum wage was $1/hr for full-time and 85 cents for students and part-time.
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@valmnz (13162)
• New Zealand
27 Nov
@BarBaraPrz that's rather cool - thanks
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• United States
27 Nov
I like looking at old postcards, but the new ones are really wonderful also. That is cool that you have a Thanksgiving card from the 40's.
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@valmnz (13162)
• New Zealand
27 Nov
Yes, I have quite an extensive collection of old postcards.
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@JudyEv (100851)
• Bunbury, Australia
27 Nov
Postage has certainly gone up over the years. It is prohibitive now in Australia. I've stopped selling ornaments on Ebay as half the time the postage is more than the items are worth.
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@valmnz (13162)
• New Zealand
27 Nov
Yes. I no longer send Christmas cards. When we sell on the NZ site Trademe and ebay the buyer pays for the postage. I tried buying something from an English website recently, but the postage cost was too expensive.
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@JudyEv (100851)
• Bunbury, Australia
28 Nov
@valmnz We have 'concession stamps' now. Pensioners can buy up to 50 stamps a year at 60c each instead of $1. I'd use quite a lot for Christmas cards but other than that I rarely need a stamp.
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@valmnz (13162)
• New Zealand
28 Nov
@JudyEv that's an interesting concession
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@JohnRoberts (41124)
• Los Angeles, California
27 Nov
There's something special about vintage items. A reminder of simpler times.
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@valmnz (13162)
• New Zealand
27 Nov
Somewhere along the way we've tried too hard to complicate our lives with things we once didn't need.
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@Madshadi (4732)
• Brussels, Belgium
27 Nov
That’s pretty old. It’s nice to remind us how modern technology made communication easier.
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@valmnz (13162)
• New Zealand
27 Nov
It was still fun to receive something in the mail though.
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@DianneN (59377)
• United States
27 Nov
It's a beauty! Boy, times certainly have changed, but so have our salaries.
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@valmnz (13162)
• New Zealand
27 Nov
Lol, that's for real. They were much simpler times when we were happier with less.
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@MALUSE (32796)
• Denmark
27 Nov
It looks as if the turkey is uttering the words in the bubble. :-)
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@valmnz (13162)
• New Zealand
27 Nov
I guess it does, yes . I like this card's balanced layout.
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@shaggin (26845)
• United States
29 Nov
Gosh I don’t think I have ever gotten a thanksgiving card that is really neat they used to send cards for all occasions. Nice that you still have this in your collection after so many years!
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@valmnz (13162)
• New Zealand
30 Nov
I have quite a wide range of postcards
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@shaggin (26845)
• United States
30 Nov
@valmnz I used to collect them as a teen.
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@valmnz (13162)
• New Zealand
1 Dec
@shaggin I still collect the old vintage ones.
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@amadeo (47932)
• United States
27 Nov
thank you Val.
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@valmnz (13162)
• New Zealand
27 Nov
My pleasure
@amadeo (47932)
• United States
27 Nov
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• Lakewood, Colorado
27 Nov
Thanks Val..so charming and vintage ..same to you dear friend.
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@valmnz (13162)
• New Zealand
27 Nov
It's a charmer, isn't it!
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• Lakewood, Colorado
27 Nov
@valmnz Tis indeed...thanks for sharing it with us.
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@allknowing (55750)
• India
28 Nov
Old is gold and this card says it all.
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@valmnz (13162)
• New Zealand
28 Nov
I like that saying old is gold, but in the case of many old postcards, there were so many produced that cards like this are almost worthless.
@Teep11 (6517)
• United States
27 Nov
Receiving postcards are like a bundle of joy for so many. There will be lots of cards as well as gifts being shipped right before Christmas.
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@valmnz (13162)
• New Zealand
27 Nov
It's sad that it's a dying practice. I no longer send cards, it's too expensive
@Corbin5 (81620)
• United States
27 Nov
Thank you for that lovely Thanksgiving message. I have not sent a postcard in decades, but I do remember my mom and my grandmother sending them all the time. Your postcard is definitely a keeper!!
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@valmnz (13162)
• New Zealand
27 Nov
It's so simple but says it all.
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• Rochester, New York
27 Nov
That is a beautiful card. I keep old cards as well. I'm sentimental that way I guess.
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@valmnz (13162)
• New Zealand
27 Nov
I'm into postcards in a big way I'm currently writing a book about the ones from where I live.
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@just4him (92022)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
29 Nov
It does reflect a simpler time with an age old message. Great find.