Thursday, June 2, 2011

An Old Holiday Card...

We had quite an exciting discovery last weekend - Tony found this old holiday card from Elsie de Wolfe to my grandfather, Frederick Victoria! It seems to be from 1950, and shows a super-imposed bust of Lady Mendl between her two dogs, all of which is supper-imposed on a, rather nice, marble mantel piece. Moreover, it confirms Elsie de Wolfe as a pioneer since she appears to have started photoshopping before the program even existed!


  1. This is wonderful! Photomontage, I assume, and a great find.

  2. Clever girl! thanks for sharing this little treasure.pgt

  3. Thank you Blue and Little Augury. It was so strange: when Tony was recently going through his memories of Lady Mendl for your post, I remember him mentioning these cards from her and how they used to freak him out as a child somewhat. Neither of us knew we actually still had one! This must have been from 1949 holidays for the up-coming year of 1950 because she died in mid 1950 I believe.

  4. Hello,
    When I design custom invitations, I offer to design custom postage for my clients to complete the look of their invitation package. The party starts when the guests open their invitations, so setting the tone of the party with the invitation is important. But even before the envelope is opened, the first impression the guest has of the invitation is what’s on the outside.

  5. What a wonderful post!
    How original she was!
    Have a great Sunday!
    Jamie Herzlinger

  6. How did she edit the photo if there's no such program before? Hmmm! Well, she did a great job. Nice discovery, btw. Even cards have been changing throughout the times, huh? It's vintage, so it's pretty. It can be added to any antique collection! :D

    Pamella Allabaugh