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Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children. ~William Makepeace Thackeray

And in the lips and hearts of big children too.

A heroic image of Brunhilde by Arthur Rackam

“Brunnhilde” by Arthur Rackam, 1910

Here at GFOW we’re preparing for that most hallowed of days by providing the best Mothers’ Day cards we can come up with, and we think you’ll have so much fun with them that you’ll wish you had more than one mother!

But wait, let’s think about this.  If you’re very lucky you’ll have at least two grandmothers won’t you?  Heaven knows they have paid their mommy dues.  And if you’re as wise as you apparently are (having demonstrated it by landing here) you know darn well that mothers-in-law count too.  As do step-mothers, of course.  How many of  you actually have great grandmothers too?  So you can see how you’re going to need a handful of cards, not just one, and we’ve got them!

You know, of course, that your Mom is the Queen of Everything.  But  you won’t be reminding her of that obvious fact, just recognizing it, right?

Mother - Queen of Home

Sheet music of a popular song in 1899, by Charles Coleman

And mothers are strong!   They may not start out that way but we sons and daughters certainly do our best to make them so.


When you were a tot did you think your mom could do everything?


Mother's Bread Ad

Mother’s Bread

A photo of a young mother and child sitting on the lawn

A 1906 photo by Edward Steichen, one of the great photographers of the 20th century

Our celebration of Motherhood is trans-species, right?

A Hen with chicks

Currier and Ives print of 1866

Boy threading a needle for his mother

A Norman Rockwell cover for Leslie’s Weekly, 1917.

Did your mom ever ask you to thread a needle for her?  Mine did.

Absaroke mother and papoose

Absaroke mother and papoose, by Edward S. Curtis, 1915

This young mother and her baby are dressed in their finest for their sitting with Edward Curtis.  Although it’s hard for many of us to imagine, our mothers very well could have been this young when we popped onto the scene.  Nothing like the first papoose to change a girl into a woman!

Back in 1846, a couple of gentlemen named Sarony and Major published this lithograph extolling the ideal mother.  (I think they had you in mind when they drew the little girl in the yellow dress, don’t you?)

"The Happy Mother"

“The Happy Mother”

Now you have no excuse!  Click on any of the images above to be taken to that card on our Etsy site and do it soon.  Mother’s day is May 10 so for once, get her taken care of early and for sure.  And don’t skimp – include a card with your gift to her; it will make her so happy she may even forget all the times you haven’t exactly been the way she taught you!


“Life doesn’t come with a manual – it comes with a mother.”


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Pistol Packin’ Mamas

While perusing my archive of images looking for ideas for my next post, I realized that over the years I have accumulated a fun little collection of images featuring “girls with guns”.  This was a very reasonable thing for me to do since 1.)  I’ve never seen one I didn’t like; and 2.) they comprise two of my favorite things in the whole world.

Inevitably, several found their way into the Greetings from Other Worlds note card collection. To wit:

Miss May Lillie

Miss May Lillie

Now that’s what they call a “dead-eye”!  Once Miss May had her sights on you I’m inclined to believe she didn’t miss.  She was born Mary E. “May” Manning in 1869 and was an American sharpshooter and equestrian who traveled the country billed as the “Champion Horseback Shot of the West“.

Of course there was another young filly who could also claim that title:

Annie Oakley

Annie Oakley

“Little Sure Shot” ( a nickname given her by Sitting Bull when they both toured with Buffalo Bill), is often considered America’s first female superstar.  Whether she could outshoot Miss May will have to remain one of those unanswered debates of America History – serious American history.

The notion of American women of the “wild west” being so handy with shootin’ irons stirred considerable interest on the other side of the Atlantic, particularly in England.  Not having the advantage of actually being able to see one in action, this artist used his imagination to depict his lovely “Queen of the Ranch”:

Queen of the Ranch

Queen of the Ranch

This young cow girl was part of a fanciful collection of what the artist (or his editors) thought the West must have been like.  It was included as a trading card in packs of cigarettes around the turn of the century.

America’s attention had been grabbed before by a gun totin’ woman in the person of the infamous “Queen of the Oklahoma Outlaws” Belle Starr.  She was definitely one pistol packin’ mama whose sights you didn’t want to be in.  Could this have been meant to be her?

The Belle of the West

The Belle of the West

The stereotype of women being afraid of guns has been thoroughly trounced for some time, and the above ladies were just a well-known few of the many who have proved to be handy and/or deadly with a heater.  One of the most obvious is this young femme fatale:

Bonnie Parker

Bonnie Parker, ca. 1933

If Clyde Barrow had gone on his crime spree without Miss Parker he probably would have ended up as just another sorry crook in a long list of miscreants much more colorful than he.  But to his eternal credit and good fortune (?), he added sex-appeal to his rambunctious doings by recruiting Bonnie, who was neither afraid of guns or cigars.

Now here’s a serious and tragic bit of history:

Armenian Women with Rifles

Portrait of two Armenian fighters during the Hamidian Massacres, 1895

If ever there was a tragic, sad, and thoroughly repugnant moment in modern history, the massacre of Armenians and Assyrian Christians by the Turks in the middle 1890s must rank high on the list.  I don’t want to talk about it so I recommend you read about it HERE.  It will certainly explain the photo above.  These two women look like they were fully capable of sending more than a few jihadists to perdition and I hope they did.

Now let’s step on the other side of the line that separates the good from the bad and take a look at a woman not afraid to handle a bad guy.

woman policeman with criminal

Woman Policeman, ca. 1909

As I understand it, back then the NYPD was toying with the idea of putting gun carrying women “policemen” on the beat.  This is part of a series of photos meant to illustrate the forward looking idea to a public that probably wasn’t ready for it yet.

Here’s a gun club worth joining:

4 women with pistols

A True Gang of “Pistol Packin’ Mamas”

I sort of wish the one on the left would raise her sights a bit.

In the ’60s LIFE magazine ran a story on women and guns and this was their cover photo.  I bet it sold out!

A Girl and Her Gun

A Girl and Her Gun

The image of a woman, or women, with guns has been used innumerable times to raise the temperature of men and thereby sell a piece of literature that might have otherwise languished on the stands.  It was just a plain and simple technique that worked every time (I’m speaking for myself, you understand).

Let’s finish up with just a few colorful examples:

Book cover: sinner's shroud

The Ladies’ Version of Concealed Carry

pulp fiction cover

Another  Nominee for the Pulp Fiction Cover Hall of Fame

Gun Molls Magazine

They even had their own magazine!

Notice it’s a “Real Publication”.  Nice garter too.

I hope you’ve enjoyed our tour through an oh so inspiring chapter of Feminine History; I know I have.  In fact, I have no doubt that you have already picked out a few recipients for these cards; just click on the ones you want and be taken to the appropriate page at my Etsy shop.  If it doesn’t go there it’s because I haven’t made a card of it yet.  In that case simply sweet talk me and I’ll make one just for you!

Now, do not miss the fine audio visual performances below; they will make your day!


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Christmas Cards from Way Back When

Sir Henry Cole

Sir Henry Cole, Inventor of the Christmas Card, 1843

Mailing a card to wish someone a “Happy Christmas”?  What were these people thinking?

Sending cards through the newly established mails must have been quite a novel idea, but it did prove to be a great one that quickly went viral, 19th century style.  The genius who began it all was a Londoner named Sir Henry Cole, who gave the job of illustrating it to John Callcott Horsley,  a successful artist and illustrator of the day.

Look closely at the card below and you’ll see a kid drinking wine, which caused somewhat of a disapproving stir.  It turned out to be a shrewd marketing gambit however, and they sold over 2,000 cards that year.  The tradition was launched!

first christmas card

The First Christmas Card, 1843

The idea of sending greeting cards had been around since the 1400s but they had been delivered by hand up until Cole’s stroke of genius.  Indeed, one might argue that greeting or note cards and checks are the highest possible use of the post! (We here at Greetings from Other Worlds would say so anyhow!)

We  have gone to extra lengths for the past few years to discover and re-issue the best old-time Christmas images and cards we could find and we’ve managed to put together quite a collection.  Some of the best of the new ones follow below so if you are one of those increasingly rare types that would like to celebrate the season by wishing your friends and family a “Merry Christmas” take a close look, time’s a wastin’!

Inland Printer Magazine Christmas Cover, 1885

Cover of the Inland Printer Magazine, 1885

Although this image didn’t start out as a Christmas card, we thought it was so great we made it one!

If you’ve followed us at all you have realized that we often feature the little known work of some of the world’s greatest illustrators and artists.  The richness of this vein of art (all produced before 1923) is wondrous to behold.  One such artist, N.C. Wyeth, is considered one of America’s greatest illustrators and was certainly one of its most prolific.  He illustrated 112 books and produced over 3000 works of art!  Here’s his Christmas cover for Judge Magazine of 1921:

Cover of Judge Magazine 1921

“Hey Kiddies! Here We Go Again!”, Dec. 17, 1921

ernst henckel jelly fish christmas card 1900

An original Ernst Haeckel Christmas card, ca 1900

Ernst Haeckel was an incredible man.  He was a Prussian biologist, naturalist, philosopher, physician, professor, and artist who made immense contributions to science and, I suppose, the art of the Christmas card.  In any case, he seems to be the only one who cared enough about jelly fish to honor them with their own cards.  We have several of these available so if the one above doesn’t quite warm your cockles, be sure to check out the others!

Father Christmas

“Father Christmas”, cover of The Century Magazine, 1895, by Louis Rhead

Christmas card by Ellen Clapsaddle, 1900

Christmas Card by Ellen Clapsaddle ca. 1900

If you go back to our last post (Halloween), you’ll see more of Clapsaddle’s work.  She was extremely prolific in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s and no doubt you’ve seen her work many times.  No doubt.

cover of st nicholas magazine, 1915

Cover of St. Nicholas Magazine, 1915

St. Nicholas Magazine was a very popular children’s magazine dating from 1873 and lasting until1940. That it was an important publication is clear when you consider that among its contributors were Edna St. Vincent Millay, Mark Twain, Louisa May Alcott, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Stephen St. Vincent Benet!  In any case, we deem this cover worthy of a Christmas Card for sure.

Santa's first visit, 1899

“Santa’s First Visit” by Harrison Fisher, 1899.

Know someone with a new born?  You couldn’t find a better card than this!

Santa taking a break on a chimney

Caught in the Act!

There are some wonderful black and white cards too and we’ve decided to add this one to the lineup this year.  I dug it up at the Library of Congress and unfortunately neither the Library or I know much about it except its publication date – 1900.

We have quite a few more at our Etsy shop.  You can put together a collection yourself or order a package of ten of the same image for just $15.00.  If you’re going to do it you’d better get busy and order now!


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