Divided back, embossed, used postcard. Postmarked December 29, 1914 from Lancaster, Kansas. Series NY-76. Publisher unknown.
“The little New Year is about to appear.
I hope he will bring you all joy and good cheer.”
Does the Little New Year carry a cabbage? (Does the deer have a little doe? Yeah, two bucks! Couldn’t resist 😉 ) Back to the cabbage: It would appear so, and that would be for good luck and prosperity. Here are a couple of great articles found regarding cabbage and the New Year:
This second one references the cabbage being punted thru the front door. Not quite what we have on the postcard but the lucky vegetable is on the doorstep.
Below, a newspaper clipping that appeared in the New Oxford Item (New Oxford, PA) on January 5, 1922 on New Year luck, superstitions and courage:
On the reverse of the postcard: Is that “Best Wishes, Girls?” Not sure who the signer of the card was, but they addressed it to:
J. H. Crane Esq., 842 Litchfield ave, Wichita, Kans.” J.H., parents and siblings were found in the 1915 State Census at this address. Kansas native J. H. would have been about 23 when he received the postcard.
Sources: “Why Mountain People Would Cook a Coin in Cabbage Each New Year.” December 29, 2016. appalachianmagazine.com. (accessed 12/31/16.)
Spilman, Terri L. “Kicking In The New Year By Punting Some Cabbage.” January 1, 2012. thelaughingmom.wordpress.com. (accessed 12/31/16).
“New Year’s Lore.” New Oxford Item. January 5, 1922, p. 11. (newspapers.com).
Kansas State Historical Society; Topeka, Kansas; Roll: ks1915_218; Line: 13. Ancestry.com. Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925.