Now, the original plan was to post one of the cards every other day (on the odd days) up until New Year’s Eve itself with the final hurrah.
29 December 1921 – To sister, brother and niece from Gabrielle Doublie
However, I forgot to queue up some posts and got a bit busy and … then there was Christmas and one thing and another … And here we are on New Year’s Eve Eve with the final instalment – running from 1919 to 1922.
In the spirit of Lousie’s family:
J’offrir mes meilleurs voeux de bonne et heureuse année pour l’an 2014!
Some jolly festive children …
05 January 1919 – Louise Marolbeau to Louisette
31 December 1921 – Germaine Bouillard to petite Louise
A fine pair of French lovelies …
05 January 1919 – Emma to ‘friends’
Sent New Year 1922 – Camille & Josephine Mauguel to Louise
Fast forward several months (okay, a year) and we reach December 1918, and this card sent to Louis by his wife, Amelie. As mentioned previously, Louis was a soldier and by this time World War One had only been over for little more than a month.
I suppose this is the most overtly romantic of the cards – or at least one that lets us peek into the relationship between these two.
Je souhaite de tout coeur que soit la dernière année que tu passe loing de nous … Nous sommes tous en parfaite sante et je desire que tu soit ainsi.
(I sincerely hope that is the last year you pass away from us … We are all in perfect health and I desire that you be so also.)
This little card is probably my favourite of the whole bunch, and is much more Christmas-card-like than the French New Year cards, with a wide-eyed ‘Red Riding Hood’ looking at a groupof three toys – perhaps one for her, one for her male companion and one for her puppy …
Uncle Pierre sent this to Charlie on 26 December 1917. At this time Pierre was in Genoa, Italy, and Charles Bory was living in Lausanne. I like to think that Charlie found this card as charming as I do as there are two pin holes at the top and bottom, indicating that it was pinned to a wall or board at some point of its life.
What says “Happy New Year” better than a bunch of floppy roses and a toy caprid? Nothing, as far as I know – and neither did the maker or purchaser of this particular celebratory postcard.
Sent on le 30 decembre 1911, the card is addressed “Cher Frère et Soeur“, and is from their sibling Marie Baranger. She starts the card breathlessly …
Je m’empresse de vous écrire deux mots a l’occasion de nouvelle annee …
(I hasten to write two words to you on the occasion of new year … )
… but goes on to wish them both good health and happiness for the New Year. There is also mention of “petite Marcelle” who also passes on her best wishes to her godparents, “son parrain et sa marraine“.
Perhaps it was little Marcelle who picked the card …