Lá Fhéile Pádraig – Happy St Patricks Day

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My friends —

It’s Saint Patrick’s Day !

I hope you enjoy this
post which features
a collection of cards
dedicated to the holiday –

a national holiday in Eire –
the Republic of Ireland.

It always amazes me
just how much of a
time capsule these
old cards can be —1


They can help us
understand the people
and times from whence they came.

And they’re also quite beautiful,
so many of them….

…. wonderfully conceived
and illustrated.

The tradition of sending holiday
themed cards peaked in the
early 1900’s,

….. when brand new mass-printing
technologies and techniques
were being applied to the medium.2

Before that time, many cards
had been laborously produced by hand.

But now, the card producers had
all the advantages of the
machine age at their disposal.

Color process, lithography,3
photographic replications,
and tinting systems
improved immensely.

Die-cutting, embossing,
shaping, modeling, folding,
engraving, texturizing —


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About Jonathan Caswell

Poet, author, servant of God the Heavenly father and the Lord Jesus Christ...working out his salvation with fear and trembling. - Not trusting in his own deeds, but depending totally upon the finished sacrificial work of Jesus Christ to be, by God's reckoning, a new creature, clothed in Christ's righteousness...which mortal humankind can never attain by their own weak efforts, apart from faith in Christ's work on our behalf. - College-educated, yet wise enough to see that what a man does will not be his ultimate identity nor affect how God sees him or her. - Called by God to do a very difficult thing...apart from God's grace, mercy and strength...to love the sinner (which we all--by nature--are) but hate the sin, which is only paid through Christ, God's Son, - My own God-given gift is that of being a Poet..showing that in all parts of life...God has a loving part in it...as hard as that is to always understand or perceive...given life's realities! Come join me on my journey of discovery?.

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