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From the Archives: Vintage George Family Christmas Cards

Monday, November 25, 2019

Christmas cards, first introduced in America in 1875, were enormously popular in the 1930s through the 1950s. The following vintage cards come from the Fort Bend History Association’s archives and were sent to and from Mamie and Albert George during that time period. Enjoy this festive walk down holiday card history here at the Ranch!

This Christmas card, sent from Mamie and Albert George to friends and family, features a photo of the “Nancy Jones” oak tree behind the George Ranch Home. Curator Chris Godbold says the card likely dates from the 1940s or early ’50s, though it is hard to tell for sure. However, it’s interesting to note the missing treehouse, he said. Records do not show when the original treehouse came down or had to be replaced.

This Christmas greeting card was sent to the Georges by the Shivers Family. The exterior features a drawing of the front porch of a large-columned house; the inside showcases the family tableau, including the family boxer dog!

The card above was sent to the Georges in the 1950s.

This Christmas card was sent to the Georges by Mary and Pete Frost. Written in blue ink on the back of the cover are the underlined words: Fruit Cake.

This Christmas card was sent to Mamie George in 1958 (Albert P. George died in 1955). Written on back of the photo in blue ink: “12-20-58 Card sent – thanking Do and Bob Gray for the picture.”

This greeting card was sent to the Georges from the Jones family sometime before 1955.

Finally, this holiday card shows Suzanne and Joan Newkirk posing with a Christmas tree decorated with ornaments (mostly doves) and gifts with shiny wrapping and large bows are stacked beneath the tree.