Sending holiday cards to loved ones far and near is a tradition passed down through generations. While cards are now often adorned with smiling family faces — and sometimes pets in holiday garb — cards used to be bordered in fringe or decorated to reflect the times in which they were given. The Wisconsin Historical Society pulled some antique cards from their archives to give readers a taste of that card giving of old without the hassle of untangling fringe upon receipt.
"Merry Christmas and Happy New Year" - ca. 1900
"With loving Christmas greetings" - ca. 1896
"With the 'eason's greetings" - ca. 1890
"Wishing you a happy New Year" - 1908
Santa's truck - 1909
"A Yuletide Greeting" - ca. 1913
"And I hope that you are booked for a happy New Year" - ca. 1930