Luck ‘O the Irish

Send your Facebook friends some luck o’ the Irish this Saint Patrick’s Day with our vintage St. Patrick’s Day postcard app. These charming early-20th-century postcards demonstrate the sentimental side of St. Patrick’s Day. They’re...

Mystery Artifact Revealed

Snuffer, ca. mid-19th century While the terms “snuff” and “extinguish” have become interchangeable today, the original use of the word “snuff” applied to the charred end of the wick. Unlike conical snuffers, which extinguish the flame of a candle, a snuffer such as...

Answer to Last Week’s Mystery Artifact

The answer to last week’s Mystery Artifact is: Hair Work Wreath, 1857 Human hair, silk, wire, beads. Worked by Mrs. A. Osborne, Peabody, Mass. A popular form of fancy work, hair wreaths were crafted almost entirely of human hair from living or deceased...

Mystery Artifact

Can you identify this artifact from our collection? Here’s a hint: “Hair today, gone tomorrow.” The answer will be revealed next...

Happy Valentine’s Day

Postcards were a popular and cheaper alternative to greeting cards in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This postcard for Valentine’s Day is historically significant because it reflects contemporary political and social events, specifically the...