Vintage 1914 Christmas Greetings Postcard, Red Robin and Holly, sweet Bird
Postmarked December 24th 1914 Sharon, PA w/ Green 1 cent stamp. Some soil, folded corners
There are quite a few legends surrounding robins and their relation to Christmas and winter as a whole.
The first legend takes us back to Victorian times, where the tradition of sending Christmas cards started. Royal Mail postmen, who wore bright red uniforms, delivered these cards. This earned them the nickname of ‘robin’ or ‘redbreast’.
Artists usually illustrated Christmas cards with pictures relating to the delivery of letters, such as post-boxes or the postmen known as ‘robins’, and eventually started drawing the familiar little brown and red bird delivering letters instead of the postmen. This trend caught on and became very popular, and continues to this day, with many robin-themed items being seen on supermarket shelves during the festive period.