Free Vintage New Year Cards

December 28th, 2013 Holiday Crafts Posted in Angels and Cherubs, Animals and Birds, Birds, Cats, Children, Flowers, Free Greeting Cards, Free Vintage Art, New Year, Victorian 12 Comments »

Can you believe that it’s almost time for another new year? No matter how you might feel about the swift passage of time (at least it seems incredibly swift to me), you’ve got to love these vintage New Year cards. Unlike vintage Christmas cards, which have pretty predictable themes; the subjects portrayed on these New Year’s cards vary widely. In addition to the expected champagne, clocks, and good-luck four-leaf clovers and horseshoes; there are cats, angels, pansies, birds, country scenes, blue Delft tiles and even an elf or two.

In the old days, illustrations similar to these would be used on top of calendars that were given away as advertising specialties by a variety of companies. A lot of work went into the ornate art that would only last a year. These types of art have become known as “ephemera,” which means short-lived. I guess today’s modern equivalent would be photo calendars, which are much easier to make every year, not to mention more personal.

I hope you enjoy these vintage New Year’s cards and that they brighten up your transition to the new year!

Click one of the cards below to view and download a larger version (enlarged sizes vary):

free vintage new year cards angel with envelope and holly free vintage happy new year cards clock tower holly snow bells free vintage happy new year cards pansies country scene free vintage happy new year cards striped cat holly
free vintage happy new year cards four-leaf clovers horseshoe boy girl free vintage new year cards boy with wine four-leaf clovers money blue flowers free vintage happy new year greeting cards elves with spilled basket of gold free vintage happy new year greeting cards girl clock flowers bouquet
vintage new year postcards lucky horseshoes holly free vintage happy new year cards two birds snow scene mistletoe vintage new year greeting pansies mistletoe snow Delft tiles windmill
vintage new year cards farm scene with sheep and snow vintage happy new year greeting cards stars and four angels vintage happy new year cards three cats champagne

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