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.