Sending holiday cards to loved ones far and near is a tradition passed down through generations. While cards are now often adorned with smiling family faces — and sometimes pets in holiday garb — cards used to be bordered in fringe or decorated to reflect the times in which they were given. Here's a sampling of antique cards from the Wisconsin Historical Society.
"Merry Christmas and Happy New Year" - ca. 1900
"With loving Christmas greetings" - ca. 1896
"With the 'eason's greetings" - ca. 1890
"Wishing you a happy New Year" - 1908
Santa's truck - 1909
"A Yuletide Greeting" - ca. 1913
"And I hope that you are booked for a happy New Year" - ca. 1930