Historical E-Greetings

One of the nifty features of Maine Memory (as well as Vintage Maine Images) is the ability to send any individual item on the network as an e-card. With a couple clicks and the insertion of a friendly message, you can turn the historic treasures in the database into unique greetings to friends and family.

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Just click on the envelope graphic beneath the image–next to the Facebook and Twitter icons–and follow the instructions. Your message and a link to the item will be sent to the addressee. Send them for fun and to trigger memories–I remember shopping at this store with you! or Look how much Main Street has changed!–or to mark special occasions.

Here are a few examples of the latter to whet your appetite.

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St. Patrick’s Day. Why not try out the email feature right off with this bright, cheery, and timely postcard (MMN# 6744) dating to before World War I. What to write for a message? “Top o’ the morning!” of course.

36872Happy Birthday! Send this 1898 children’s party photo from Lubec (MMN #36872) to someone with the greeting, “Hope your birthday bash is as wild and woolly as this one!”

4130Love/Valentine’s Day. “From my heart, I wish you happiness” reads the inscription on this card (MMN #4130), from Captain Alonzo Soule to “Wify” Deborah Soule. Send it to the one that you love best.

61515Friendship. With a nod to the Civil War Sesquicentennial (2011-2015), you can send along this image (MMN #61515) with the note, “Friends stick by each other through thick and thin. Thanks for being my buddy.”

17346Happy Holidays. Wish someone a Merry Christmas with this Presque Isle tree (MMN #17346). The 70-foot white pine stood in front of the White House in 1959 emblazoned with 3,800 lights.

74886Thanks. This eye-catching sign (MMN #74886), created during the 1998 ice storm, could carry any number of appreciative messages, from “Thanks for everything” to “I am grateful for all you’ve done” or even “You light up my life!”

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Maine Community Heritage Project at Maine Historical Society
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