Ring in the New Year With Some Fun (and occasionally bizarre) Vintage Postcards



2016 has been a crazy year…so why not start off 2017 with some crazy vintage New Year’s postcards?! 😉

Holiday postcards were popular forms of greeting during the 1920s, and New Years was no exception. While Christmas has many cute ones, New Years allowed card makers to branch out more—plus feature lots and lots of booze! 😀

I’ve trolled the depths of CardCow.com to bring you the finest in vintage New Years cards from the early 1900s through the 1920s. Some are cute, some are funny, and some are…downright odd. No, really—there are lucky pigs, creepy children, and drunken shenanigans, and all sorts of stuff. Scroll down and check it out!


So, since this is also a cocktail blog, I figured we should start with…booze! Here are:


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Not sure on the year for this one, but that lady sure looks lucky…look at those shamrocks and that horseshoe! On sale at CardCow.com

A Happy New Year

Annnnd here’s the first cocktail postcard. Whoo 1909! These little sayings were meant for New Years toasts. On sale at CardCow.com

Woman New Year's Toast

And here’s the second lovely lady from 1913, with a different toast. Each one features a different international lady.  Card on sale here at CardCow.com

A Happy New Year

And for those who don’t want champagne, where’s a beer toast from 1909! Card on sale at CardCow.com


A Happy New Year

But don’t forget those smiling Irish ladies! CardCow.com

New Years Girl in Champagne Glass

Aw look, it’s the…champagne fairy? With elves?  CardCow.com

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And she’s got friends! CardCow.com

Lady in a Wine Glass with Elves

Really drunk friends. CardCow.com

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…who also give away beads and free booze. Wait, is this for Mardi Gras? 😉 CardCow.com

A Happy New Year

Not a lady, but still cute! From 1907. On sale at CardCow.com

So now that we’re done with the ladies, we’re moving on to…pigs? I’m not sure why, but pig cards were a significant, and strange, part of my findings. Is there some folkloric reason for it? Maybe. They also have lots of shamrocks and gold coins, symbols of prosperity for the coming new year, I assume. If you know why there are so many, please let me know in the Comments. Otherwise, check out…



A Happy New Year

Apparently pigs were a symbol of good luck and prosperity in the coming year? On sale at CardCow.com

A Happy New Year with Pigs, Gold Coins, and Shamrocks

More pigs circa 1910. Here at CardCow.com

Four Pigs Dancing

Pig paaaar-taaaay!!! Here at CardCow.com

Gluckliche Fahrat Int Neue Jahr! - people riding on pigs

And now people are RIDING the pigs! Whaa? This gets stranger and stranger…circa 1907. On sale at CardCow.com

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Pig butts. Pig butts! CardCow.com

The most popular motif of all, though, of course, was cute children, mostly with clocks. So many, many clocks!



Young Girl with Red Bouquet Atop Bottle of Champagne

A 1911 German card featuring a little girl riding a champagne bottle. On sale at CardCow.com

Two Children and Clock at Midnight

I think the cat’s gone up there to escape from these annoying Dutch kids. On sale at CardCow.com 

Two Children Celebrating the Beginning of 1927

A 1927 New Year’s card in another language—not sure which one. On sale at CardCow.com

A Happy New Year

This 1907 postcard features a little boy fishing for his kitty cat. How does this relate to New Years? Who knows! On sale here at CardCow.com

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Not sure on the year, but I guess they’re shooting luck (shamrocks) and prosperity (money) into the New Year? Maybe? Dunno. On sale at CardCow.com

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A little girl sits at a snowy window in this 1920 card. On sale at CardCow.com

A Happy New Year

Two little girls with a New Years garland, year unknown. On sale at CardCow.com

A Happy New Year

What a cute puppy! On sale at CardCow.com

Keep On Smiling All Through the Year

Some cute advice from 1917. Here at CardCow.com

A Good New Year and a Lucky One to You

Babies and booze, from CardCow.com

And now things get really strange. Really, really strange…



Why Don't You Quit January 1

What a strangely judgmental and moralizing New Years card—that may or may not feature Satan in the background! Who would send this kinda thing? There’s nothing cheery about it! On sale at CardCow.com

A Happy New Year

What’s happening here??? If anyone knows the folkloric background behind this image, please lemme know in the Comments. On sale at CardCow.com

Best Wishes for the New Year

So initially this is just some cute kid pulling out good luck signs for the new year, right? And then you see the tiny gold swastika (which was an ancient good luck symbol before the Nazis got ahold of it). Good thing it’s from 1913! On sale at CardCow.com

New Year's Greeting

A doggy family goes out for a New Year’s stroll, like you do. On sale at CardCow.com

A Happy New Year

Someone had a fun new year’s eve 😉  Here at CardCow.com

A Happy New Year, Drunks with Dog

Nothing says New Years 1915 like a drunken fight with a dog over your umbrella. Here at CardCow.com

Happy New Year

OMG they’re BACK! Damn creepy clowns. That smile….ugh. And also here at CardCow.com


A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

OMG they’re EATING one another! And the eye contact…gah! 1907 was a strange year for cards, that’s for sure. Here at CardCow.com

New Year Greetin's

Annnnd now for some straight-up racism. Of course, blackface and the like was popular in 1914, but…still. Here at CardCow.com

Wishing You a Happy New Year

Nothing says New Years like ‘shrooms and gambling. Whoo! CardCow.com

Well that was creepy. Let’s end this on a nicer note. Let’s bring on the…


With New Year Greetings, Best Wishes

Aww puppies!!!! 😀 CardCow.com

A Happy New Year

Puppy waits for the new year to chime. CardCow.com

A Happy New Year

And some kitties too. CardCow.com

Oh! What a Night

Poor hungover puppies :(. From 1912. CardCow.com


Hope you enjoyed these! 🙂 Want even more vintage postcards? Try this post about strange and creepy New Years cards, or this one about beautiful and funny cards.

On another note, 2016 has been a difficult year for many people, myself included. Here’s hoping 2017 will be better for all of us. Happy New Year, everyone! 😀


About lupachi1927

My name's Megan, and I'm a writer with an interest in history. While I might not be a real historian, I'm a very thorough researcher. This blog is my place to post about all the interesting historical tidbits I find that can't use in the novel I'm working on, which takes place in Chicago in 1927. If you're looking for research help, writing feedback, or just want to say hi, feel free to drop me a line! :)
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