Lad and Marian Guion’s Christmas Cards Throughout the Years – 1957

When Valerie, one of my followers, commented on how much she liked the old Christmas cards in a recent post, it led me on a trip down Memory Lane. I was reminded of the photo Christmas cards that were so popular during the 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s. I will be posting the Christmas Cards Marian and Lad sent out each year as their children grew up. Some of you will recognize this type of card, they may be unfamiliar to others. Enjoy them each day for the rest of the month.

 

APG - 1957 Christmas card picture

This is not the actual picture they chose for the card that year. I was not smiling. This is why it was such a major project. Trying to get all of us smiling, looking at the camera and having us centered took quite a bit of time. Again, we were in front of the fireplace and I am sure my Dad made the frame for all the greens Mom added.

 

APG - 1957 Christmas card photo-individual shot of Judy

Dad took individual pictures of each of us every year, but this is the only one I have from 1957.

APG - 1957 Christmas Card

The actual 1957 Christmas Card from Lad and Marian. Notice that I am smiling in this one.

Tomorrow, the Christmas Card from 1958.

Judy Guion

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Lad and Marian Guion’s Christmas Cards Throughout the Years – 1956

When Valerie, one of my followers, commented on how much she liked the old Christmas cards in a recent post, it led me on a trip down Memory Lane. I was reminded of the photo Christmas cards that were so popular during the 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s. I will be posting the Christmas Cards Marian and Lad sent out each year as their children grew up. Some of you will recognize this type of card, they may be unfamiliar to others. Enjoy them each day for the rest of the month.

 

APG - 1956 Christmas card picture

My Mom, Marian, wrote the year at the top and our names and ages at the bottom of this picture.

From left to right: Lynn, 8; Doug, 10; Judy, 10: Greg, 9

APG - 1956 Christmas card calendar

It appears to me like my Mom made a calendar for 1957 by attaching a small calendar to this Christmas card and gluing it to a piece of red construction paper. I don’t know why there were two designs, but perhaps she made the calendar cards for family.

APG - 1956 Christmas card

This was the actual Christmas card Lad and Marian sent out in 1956.

Tomorrow another Christmas Card from Lad and Marian Guion.

Judy Guion

 

Lad and Marian Guion’s Christmas Cards Throughout the Years – 1955

When Valerie, one of my followers, commented on how much she liked the old Christmas cards in a recent post, it led me on a trip down Memory Lane. I was reminded of the photo Christmas cards that were so popular during the 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s. I will be posting the Christmas Cards Marian and Lad sent out each year as their children grew up. Some of you will recognize this type of card, they may be unfamiliar to others. Enjoy them each day for the rest of the month.

This picture was taken in front of the fireplace in the center portion of the Trumbull House. My guess is that either we were getting too old for the costumes or Marian just ran out of time. She was running and teaching at the Kindergarten held at our Church. This must have been easier. 

APG - 1955 Christmas card

I don’t know how there came to be two different designs for Lad and Marian’s Christmas cards this year, but there are.

APG - 1955 Christmas card - with message

Since this one has their name on it, I would guess that this design went out to more people.

APG - 1955 Christmas card with message to Margaret (Irwin) Mitchell

This message was on the back of the second Christmas card. It was sent to Marian’s sister, Margaret (Peggy) and was returned to me after Aunt Peggy passed away by her oldest daughter. It reads:

Wish we were

saying this in

person – It would be

so much fun to have

everyone together – we’d

have to hire a huge

hall but it would be

worth it – Hope Dede

is feeling better –

All my love

Sis

Tomorrow,  I will post the Christmas Card from 1956.

Judy Guion

Lad and Marian Guion’s Christmas Cards Throughout the Years – 1954

When Valerie, one of my followers, commented on how much she liked the old Christmas cards in a recent post, it led me on a trip down Memory Lane. I was reminded of the photo Christmas cards that were so popular during the 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s. I will be posting the Christmas Cards Marian and Lad sent out each year as their children grew up. Some of you will recognize this type of card, they may be unfamiliar to others. Enjoy them each day for the rest of the month.

My Mom, Marian, created the backdrop and made our angel costumes out of old sheets. You can see that it must have been difficult getting all of us to pose for the perfect picture. In this picture you cannot see the candle I am holding but at least we were all smiling and looking at the camera, except Lynn. She was looking at Mom. 

 

Front: Greg and Lynn, Back: Judy (me) and my twin, Doug

This is the original print chosen for the card. Don’t we all look like angels?

Tomorrow, the Christmas Card from 1955.

Judy Guion

Lad and Marian Guion’s Christmas Cards Throughout the Years – 1953

When Valerie, one of my followers, commented on how much she liked the old Christmas cards in a recent post, it led me on a trip down Memory Lane. I was reminded of the photo Christmas cards that were so popular during the 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s. I will be posting the Christmas Cards Marian and Lad sent out each year as their children grew up. Some of you will recognize this type of card, they may be unfamiliar to others. Enjoy them each day for the rest of the month.

APG - 1953 Christmas card - chosen picture

Doug, Judy, Lynn and Greg

  • I believe this is the picture Lad and Marian chose for this year’s Christmas card. Lynn and I are holding a Song Book of Christmas Carols. I remember feeling sorry for Lynn because it was cold outside and she had on a dress and bare legs. I believe Doug’s jacket was a blue plaid and Greg’s was a green plaid. I don’t remember the color of my coat.
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  • APG - 1953 Christmas card

Tomorrow, another gem of a Christmas Card from 1954.

Judy Guion

Lad and Marian Guion’s Christmas Cards Throughout the Years – 1952

When Valerie, one of my followers, commented on how much she liked the old Christmas cards in a recent post, it led me on a trip down Memory Lane. I was reminded of the photo Christmas cards that were so popular during the 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s. I will be posting the Christmas Cards Marian and Lad sent out each year as their children grew up. Some of you will recognize this type of card, they may be unfamiliar to others. Enjoy them each day for the rest of the month.

APG - 1952 Christmas card - reject # 1

If I remember correctly, this was the one Christmas card picture that took FOREVER !! The Sheet with the Christmas Tree and cut-outs was set up in front of the fireplace in the living room. There wasn’t really a lot of room behind it. My Dad would have to set the timer and then rush to get in the picture. Sometimes he didn’t make it, sometimes – as you can see, we all were not looking at the camera. We might even have had to set it up and do it again the next Sunday.

APG - 1952 Christmas card - the one they chose

I believe this is the picture they chose, even though both Doug and Greg seem distracted and not centered in their cut-outs. 

APG - 1952 Christmas card

I’m sure they were not really thrilled with this final card. My guess is that the picture was too big and the top of Lad’s head had to be cut off in order to fit in the pre-designed card.

Did your family ever do Christmas Cards like these? Please tell me about your experiences.

Tomorrow I will post the Christmas Card from 1953.

Judy Guion

Lad and Marian Guion’s Christmas Cards Throughout the Years – 1949

When Valerie, one of my followers, commented on how much she liked the old Christmas cards in a recent post, it led me on a trip down Memory Lane. I was reminded of the photo Christmas cards that were so popular during the 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s. I will be posting the Christmas Cards Marian and Lad sent out each year as their children grew up. Some of you will recognize this type of card, they may be unfamiliar to others. Enjoy them each day for the rest of the month.

This picture was taken in October 22, 1949, on the Island. It was our first trip to this very special place. I believe that we went up in August and stayed until it got too cold. Grandpa stayed with us and my Dad, Lad, got a job in the area. Every late afternoon, Grandpa would row Doug, Greg and me over to the mainland and we would walk down the dirt road until we saw Dad’s car coming toward us. He would pick us up and we would all return to the Island.

The picture is framed by a piece of light cream colored paper. I think it may have been included in a Christmas Card.

APG - Christmas Card - 1949 - on the Island

Left to Right: Judy, Greg, Doug and Lynn.

Tomorrow, a Christmas Card from 1950.

Judy Guion

Lad and Marian Guion’s Christmas Cards Throughout the Years – 1947

When Valerie, one of my followers, commented on how much she liked the old Christmas cards in a recent post, it led me on a trip down Memory Lane. I was reminded of the photo Christmas cards that were so popular during the 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s. I will be posting the Christmas Cards Marian and Lad sent out each year as their children grew up. Some of you will recognize this type of card, they may be unfamiliar to others. Enjoy them each day for the rest of the month.

The family is growing, joined by Greg in August, 1947.

APG - 1947 Christmas Photo (better)

Marian has Greg in her lap, Lad has Judy gripped between his legs and is holding on to Doug.

APG - 1947 Christmas Photo

 Marian had Doug in her lap, Lad is holding Greg and Judy is standing on her own. Notice Lad’s hand holding on to her. (I guess I didn’t like to stay in one spot for any length of time). I don’t believe either of these were a Christmas card photo but it is a photo of the family in front of the (very sparse) Christmas Tree in 1947.  

Tomorrow, Lad and Marian’s Christmas Card from 1948.

Judy Guion

Lad and Marian Guion’s Christmas Cards Throughout the Years – 1945

When Valerie, one of my followers, commented on how much she liked the old Christmas cards in a recent post, it led me on a trip down Memory Lane. I was reminded of the photo Christmas cards that were so popular during the 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s. I will be posting the Christmas Cards Marian and Lad sent out each year as their children grew up. Some of you will recognize this type of card, they may be unfamiliar to others. Enjoy them each day for the rest of the month.

APG - 1945 Christmas card picture # 1

APG - 1945 Christmas card picture # 2

APG - 1945 Christmas card picture choice

Lad and Marian Guion, 1943

This is the picture they chose. My Mother made each card by hand, framing the picture on the front with a hand-written note to each recipient inside.

APG - 1945 Christmas card to Ced

This card was mailed to Ced in Alaska

APG - 1945 Christmas card to Ced - inside

The message – “Hi Ced — The best of holiday greetings to you from two very happy civilians.”

The message inside their card to Grandpa – “We can’t let the rest of the family get too far ahead of us. The doctor tells us that we can expect our baby in July.”

Tomorrow, the card from 1946.

Judy Guion

Peabodys and Duryees – Christmas Greetings to Ced – December 18, 1944

This week I will post the last note and letter from 1944.

CDG - Envelope from Christmas Card from Helen Human (front) - Dec., 1944

CDG - Envelope from Christmas card from Helen human (back) - Dec., 1944

CDG - Christmas card from Helen Human (front), Dec., 1944

CDG - Christmas card message from Helen Human (inside) - Dec., 1944

CDG - Christmas card from Helen Human (back) - Dec., 1944

12/18/1944

Dear Cedric  —

Indirectly we’ve heard from you several times since we saw you last Christmas time. We always enjoy those carbons your dad sends out.

No one is no more as much surprised as we are to still be here. Ted expected to be in Bolivia weeks and weeks ago.

When are we going to see you again. Love from all of us.

Aunt Helen and Uncle Ted

Our best to Rusty too.

And Dear Cedric  —

I just don’t know where my good intentions go! Every time one of dad’s long “round-Robins” arrives, I say to myself, “I must write Cedric and Lad and Dave and Dick. And the first thing I know another letter has arrived from dad and I am saying the whole thing again ! I never even thanked you for bringing down that wonderful load of wood last winter – and we did enjoy it so much!

Right now I am getting ready for a trip to Los Angeles! I am just as surprised as you are! It was all very unexpected and I am still trying to catch my heart. After I get there I’ll write you a real letter. In the meantime all my love – Aunt Dorothy

Tomorrow and for the rest of the week, a letter from Grandpa to his boys which includes greetings from various family members. This will wrap up 1944  and in three weeks, when we get to this consecutive time frame, I will begin letters from 1945.

Judy Guion