Excited Father - "Did any of them get away?"
Not a postcard, this is a saloon card from the 1800s. Pretty interesting. On the back is somebody's ?grocery list? complete with bales of hay and wheat.
There's Never a Dull Moment Here!
Not postmarked but this is a Bill Crouch postcard and those were made in the 1940s. I thought this one was pretty funny, actually, in a sort-of sick way.
"Life's Little Problems"
Shall I drown 'em, or give 'em to the cat?
Postmarked, but not clear what year. This is the most patently offensive postcard I've seen.
"The much-married man should not talk,
At strenuous duties ne'er balk,
When at two in the morn,
He takes his first born
(Whether triplets or twins) for a walk!
A British postcard from 1905. Not postmarked. I really am still not sure what this one means. This one has a "bottle for three" up in the right hand corner.
"Woe is Me, Triplets!"
This one has no date and no real indication of when it was made. It wasn't postmarked. It's coloring and style are 1970s or prior.
"Daddy-O, your group has arrived!
This one has no date, but it dates itself with the "Daddy-O" reference. Has to be late 50s to early 60s. Smoking in the waiting room. I actually remember when that was okay.
|Postcard Series with One!, Two!!, Three!!!|
Common theme, but a three-postcard series is very collectible.
The inscription on the back of the first two says, "Congratulations" and on the third says, "Dear Ray - This may happen the next time. Aunt Emma." These is from the early 1900s.
"If we were to lose one, would it spoil the set?"
This one has no date and was not postmarked, but the style is indicative of the 1920s postcards.
"Yes, when 'is wife 'ad triplets the Mayor presented 'im with a silver cup. Do 'e keep the cup or do 'e 'ave to win it three times running?"
Postmarked 1909. I pondered over this one a while...hmmm.
"Which one do you want to keep?"
Postmarked 1907. Wow. This guy is going to drown two of his triplets!
"Mr. Jolly is overjoyed. 3 X 1 = 3"
Postmarked 1906. This is an interesting leather postcard.
What's with the 3 X 1 = 3? Why not 1 + 1 + 1 = 3, or 2 + 1 = 3?
"Three little darlings howling night and day. Oh, when will their mother come. Quickly I pray!"
Not postmarked, but has the same style as one postmarked 1908. This card had a spring/musical type mechanism in the back. It probably had a "baby cry" sound to it, but it was broken. The letters on the front are gilded metal. Pretty elaborate for a postcard. Dad looks like he's going to tip them over.
"Which one would you like to keep?" And then handwritten below, "There doesn't any one of them look good to me. How about you?"
Postmarked 1912. A variation on a postcard above. Dad's going to drown two. I found the handwritten comment interesting.
Three little darlings fed from the cow. Heedless of father mopping his brow."
Not postmarked, but from 1908. Dad needed an icepack to deal with his children. I love the bottle. Wish I'd had one of those! Similar to the Podee baby bottles parents of multiples love.
"It is rather more than I expected."
Not postmarked. Judging by the Victorian nursemaid, I'd say this was from the turn of the century. Notice the look of horror on the father's face.
"Every little bit added to what you've got makes just a little bit more. Its triplets, Mr. Moore."
Postmarked 1907. The title makes reference to an Arthur Collins song. Arthur Collins was known for songs that would now be considered extremely racially insensitive and offensive. I contemplated not including this one, but it is a sign of those particular times, so I'm including it anyway.
"Mr. Jolly is overjoyed. 3 X 1 = 3"
Postmarked 1907. A variation on the leather one shown above. The really interesting thing about this one is the handwritten comment on the front..."(which one)" and "3 - 2 = 1" above the 3 X 1 = 3. Such negativity surrounding triplets, huh?
Postmarked 1907. On the front, handwritten are the words "Not mine. No!" and then the name "Jim." Another one with the Podee-type bottle. And we thought that was a modern convenience.
"Gosh, Mum. Will you keep dad or have him doctored?"
Not postmarked. I love this one. Doctored is another word for neutered. I've been asked a similar question by strangers who've wanted to know if "we're done" having kids.
"Rejoice. Resign. Despair."
Postmarked 1908. This one's in French. Reference is made to names and includes the comments, "The Desire," "Upcoming," "Desire Accomplished." This seems to be, from what I can gather, the only postcard where, though the postcard's theme is negative in nature, the sender is offering an upbeat alternative.
"Yes - Muvver can go to the pictures now!"
What did they do to entertain babies before Baby Einstein? Early headphones like these suggest this one to be 1920s. Lucky mom to keep her babies occupied so she can see a movie.
Postmarked 1909. The term "dreadnoughts" came from HMS Dreadnoughts (1906), the first battleship to use all "big-gun" artillery. All other ships paled in comparison. Anything that was considered above and beyond the norm was referred to as a dreadnought. This term went into obscurity soon after.
The handwritten scrawl across the bottom says "Aren't they cute?"
deer mister stork we hav xammined
your line ov sampels . will kiep
the girrl pleas send for the rest
Early 1900's. Big brother overwhelmed by his new siblings.
This is the only one that is not a postcard, but I thought it apropos for this page.
"You lucky guy, three income tax exemptions!"
This one was from the 1930's. Notice the dozens of cigarette butts scattered about his feet. And yes, I've heard that "tax deduction" comment a few times.
"What you want. What you get. What you might get."
Postdated 1917. Notice that in the third shot, the dad's got two fair-skinned babies and one darker-skinned baby.
Postmarked 1910. I find it interesting that mom has hearts around her head and that dad's holding up a joker card.
"Resignes. Rejouis. Desesperes"
Postmarked 1914. Rejoice, resign, despair. This theme seemed to be popular. That poor poor family with triplets and an older sibling (I say with sarcasm).
Postmarked 1905. This is typical. Could have been modeled after our household at times.
"Looking down upon his Luck"
From the early 1900's. I love the double entendre of this one. Another one where one of the babies has the Podee-type straw bottle. Interesting.