This postcard (81.79.11) sent in 1909 is typical of the era, when Christmas cards were often simple postcards. The bold lithographed image is a nostalgic nod to another archaic form of communication: the telegram. Beginning in the 1850s, commercial telegram services allowed rapid and accurate communication across distances never before possible.
But the postal services of the day were able to transport this holiday message from Toledo, Ohio, to Sarnia, Ontario in just 2 days – arriving on Christmas Day. How would you feel sending out your Christmas cards on the 23rd?