A little girl dressed in her Sunday best is standing next to her brother, who is looking very handsome in a sparkling white sailor suit. They smile into the camera with happy, delighted faces. All around them are wonderful toys - dolls, teddy bears, a toy drum, stacking blocks, a lovely rocking horse. A tabletop Christmas tree, its branches heavy with decorations and tinsel, tells us it is the holiday season, a particularly lucrative one for the lucky children in this photograph.
On the opposite side a charming missive tells the recipient he is missed at this
special time of year. The address seems woefully inadequate by today's zip plus
four standards - no street number and no zip code. And the postage, only 1 cent
to deliver this wonderful sentiment!
BY DONNA C. KAONIS
Source: November 1999 • Antique Doll Collector, Pages 46-48
Photo postcards such as this were enormously popular during the early years of the twentieth century. The camera, once the provenance of a professional photographer, had only recently become a "toy" that nearly everyone could afford.