From the Vault Friday: Greeting Card

Image: SPRA Fonds 049

Todays “From the Vault Friday” features an embroidered greeting card from the Forrest Falk fonds (Fonds 049). The card was sent to his wife, Edith Paige, by Edith’s father. Addressed to Miss E.C. Paige, the card reads:

“Dear Edith

This was supposed to be sent to you a year ago last chmas I misplaced it + could not find it till we made a general clean out for a move.

Yours  Ever, Dad”

Embroidered silk cards existed as early as the 1900 Paris Exposition, but they soared in popularity during the First World War. Machine produced cards were also in existence but their colours were never as bright and they never achieved the popularity of the hand-stitched cards. The last known production of hand-embroidered cards was in the mid-1920s.


Learn more about embroidered cards in the September 2017 issue of Telling Our Stories (page 14).

View a selection of photos from the Forrest Falk fonds (Fonds 049) on Alberta On Record.

Read more about the Forrest Falk fonds (fonds 049) here.


From the Vault Friday is a social media campaign that highlights interesting materials from the collections of the South Peace Regional Archives. This project was made possible by an Access to Holdings Grant from the Archives Society of Alberta.

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