Greeting Cards

In the early decades of the twentieth century, the Williamsburg Art Co. of New York produced a variety of postcard series with Yiddish captions, some with specifically Jewish themes and others more general. Although the company was based in New York, many of the postcards were printed in Germany. The series in the gallery below includes cards for various occasions marked by love and devotion—from the romance of two people building a life together to the love of two children orphaned after the death of their mother.

 “To you, to you, on quiet nights

To you in the midst of the day’s noise

To you in a little song, that I spin

To you my thoughts fly!—”

Mammeleh, my little crown, lean down to me

Mammeleh, my little heart, give me your cheek

How wonderful it is to hold your head in my hand

Your cheek is like sugar, like sweetness, delish!”

“Up, up, raise your eyes

Flowers in hand

Two lovely little birds

Two children side by side

They walk and tremble

One step at a time

A watchful guardian at their side

A mother-angel nearby”

“Love builds on God’s earth

It’s heavenly Eden

We’ll be together there

And never will part!”

“And little bells ring

And little birds sing

But more beautiful than they is your voice

Oh, sing me your ‘yes’ for once

Oh, sing me your ‘yes’ for once!”