Friends – Christmas Greetings to Lad in Venezuela – December, 1939

These are the only two Christmas cards I have for Lad in 1939. 

Christmas Card from Arnold and Alta Gibson - 1939

Christmas message from Arnold and Alta Gibson - 1939

Dear Laddie, Thanks for the letter, it sure made me “homesick”

for our “old days” together.

Christmas must seem strange there as it does in warm climates.

I’ll write soon.


Christmas Card Greeting from Arnold and Alta Gibson - 1939

Best wishes for a very Merry Christmas

and every happiness in the New Year.

Arnold and Alta

Artnold Gibson was Lad’s best friend from Trumbull. They had a love for all things mechanical, especially cars. Arnold went to Florida with Lad and three other friends in 1938.


APG - Christmas card from Larry, Marion and Alan Peabody - 1939

APG - Christmas card message from Larry, Marian and Alan Peabody

Dear Laddie,

I’m sure we’re too late to wish you a Merry Christmas

but I hope in time to wish you a Happy New Year.

We often think about you and enjoy hearing of you through your Dad.

Hope you are very well and that everything is going splendidly with you.

We received your letter (long ago !) and appreciated hearing from you. Good wishes for 1940!

Love – Marian, Larry and Alan

Laurence Peabody was Grandma Arla’s youngest brother. 

Tomorrow and Sunday, more Special Pictures.

Judy Guion

2 thoughts on “Friends – Christmas Greetings to Lad in Venezuela – December, 1939

  1. Valerie says:

    I love the style of Christmas cards from the past – the colours, the illustrations, the script, gilding and glitter. I suppose it’s what I grew up with in the ’50s, it all still evokes such cosiness, excitement and happiness.

    • Judy Guion says:

      Valerie, Remember all the photo Christmas cards with pictures of family, children or a special trip? I hated that the signatures were pre-printed, not at all personal. My Dad set up the camera every Thanksgiving weekend and we all posed for those Christmas cards. but my Mom always wrote personal notes and signed them herself.
      Grandpa created his own personal Christmas cards that took several months to produce and then he printed them himself and sent out about 200 to family and friends all over the world. They were each works of Art.

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