a - S k° ve * s ^ ol " WISH€S A wealth of health, happiness and contentment are our wishes ftr all our friends and neighbors on this most joyous holiday. I In the long history of humanity ! there have been many love stories, i The literature of the world is full of them. But none approach that of Joseph and Mary! When Joseph and Mary were espoused—as we would say engaged—Joseph was considered an old man and Mary a young girl. He was even thought of as being older than he actually was, because Joseph was a sedate, careful man who enjoyed the conversation and companionship of a group of selected friends rather than boisterous pleasure. And he was a religious man, too. He was very much in love with Mary and he longed for his wedding day. And then Mary told him what had come to pass. ' Here is where the great love X 1 X I X X X X X X 1 it X X X X X X X X POSTVILLE (Iowa) HERALD Wednesday, December 21, I960 WHO REALLY SENT THAT VERY FIRST CHRISTMAS CARD? • # • BRANDT'S MOBIL SERVICE Ernie Brandt, Prop. Postville, Iowa g ! Joseph had for Mary was proven to all mankind for all time. What was he to think? Such things just didn't happen. He wanted desperately to believe, but at first he could not. He only knew that he would never make a tmblic example of her. And even this would mean much criticism of him. Yet he was determined that he would protect Mary and the unborn child. He must have suffered a great mental anguish as he thought about what he must do and how he would accomplish it. And he prayed! Then one night, after he had tere(ha tbort hanheac exhausted himself with tortured thinking, he fell asleep and the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife; for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And when Joseph awoke, he did as the angel had bidden him and took Mary as his wife. There has never been such a great display of trust, faith and love. What is generally conceded to bo the first card specifically designed as a Christmas greeting—the card designed in England by J. Horsley for Sir Henry Cole (in 1843)—did not meet with an enthusiastic reception. Sent to his personal friends, Cole's card had side panels which depicted the feeding of the hungry and the clothing of the naked. This was well and good. The objections to the card arose from the illustration in the central panel—a scene in which a middle- class English family raised their wine glass to toast an absent friend (obviously the recipient of the card.) The scene so aroused temperance zealots that Cole never authored another card. Still Looklner. Actually the search for the "first" Christmas card is still going on. Although it bore no specific greeting, the New York Historical Society, some 30 years before the Horsley-Cole card, sent to members and friends of the society a wood cut of St. Nicholas, which bore a Christmas poem in both Dutch and English. In 1932, Carl W. DrepDerd discovered in a Pennsylvania attic a "broadsheet" issued about 1842 by John M. Wolff, Philadelphia printer. The sheet. 10 inches by 15 inches, featured a reproduction of C. C. Moore's "The Visit of St. Nicholas" and as well carried the greeting, "A Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year." The first commercial venture into the Christmas card business was made in 1863 when an English firm hired Punch cartoonist C. H. Bennett to illustrate a series of cards which were sold in that year as "Christmas complimentary stationery." until the ball is well covered with paint. Shake the drippings off the ball and remove from the bag. Let set a few minutes before sprinking with snow or glitter. Put the balls in a safe place to dry — allowing at least 18 to 24 hours. A CHILD'S MORNING PRAYER Now, before I run to play, Let me not forget to pray To God Who kept me through the night And waked me with the morning light. Help me, Lord, to love Thee more Than I. ever loved before. In my work and in my play Be Thou with me through the day. —Amen. MAKE PORCUPINE BALLS FOR CHRISTMAS DECORE rjfl To all our friends we'd like to say: Good Tidings for the Holiday! We hope it finds you blithe and gay! &m\d ShMmb Mate ft Once again we want to take this opportunity i the gala holiday season to thank our many and to wish for every one of our friends the"' measure of good cheer and happiness at ChiJ . . . and alwavs! MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL! Making porcupine balls for Christmas decorating can be fun. Here's what you need: bottle corks. 8-to 10-inch lengths of string, a darning needle, pointed cocktail toothpicks, a waxed lunch bag, a half-pint of white paint and artificial snowflakes. First, draw the string through the cork with the needle and tie it around the cork, making a hook. Then insert the toothpicks into the cork so that all sides are covered, giving a porcupine effect. Drop the ball into a large waxed lunch bag containing paint and shake E WTHIS1 to you. 1 Our Christmas gift . a great big bundle of warm wishes for much happiness, good health and good cheer all through this joyous holiday season! KRAMER'S MR. AND MRS. HARM J. KRAMER Postville, Iowa Oh LORD, Let there be Peace on Earth Christmas rekindles our most precious memories of days gone by, renews our most cherished hopes for 1 days to come. It is a time to count and be thankful for the priceless blessings of love and friendship, faith and understanding, home and family, health and happiness. Most of all, let us be deeply grateful for the shining 'wonder of Christmas, itself. Member Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation POSTVILLE STATE BANK 1872 —:— 1960 WE OFFER COMPLETE BANKING SERVICE like to keep Christmas reverts •-"'V 111 in. full aivarcness of its deep %m significance. And toe like to keep C - lS as He would have us do, w'\ wlp tmd good will, with friendly greeting t«t' ; ,> KITTLESON - PETERSEN HARDW "QUALITY BACKED BY SERVICE" Postville, Iowa ^ *»»»>^^»»»»>aa»iaiiQoi>a,»,a lM ,a»»a »»iaia3iaaa g Jt is on a note of sincere appreciation that we thank you for your patronage and wish much holiday joy ^ good cheer to you and your family' V and J KOFFEE SHOP VERN and JEAN POSTVlUi 1 '
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