Beautiful Birthday Greetings

To Ines from Ruby - Front
To Ines from Ruby – Front

The only thing I know about this absolutely stunning birthday greeting, which was sent to Ines Maude Bailey nee: Smith by her sister Ruby May Jeffrey nee: Smith, is that it would have been sent in late October between the years of 1900 and about 1910, so that the card reached my Grandmother Ines by her birthday on 2 November.  It is in the collection of postcards kept by Ines, and her husband Edward Thomas Bailey.

The front of the birthday greeting postcard is decorated with multi-coloured glitter which seems almost as bright as it would have been over 100 years ago.  My grandmother must have thought it beautiful to have kept it in their collection.

Handwriting of Ruby May Jeffrey nee: Smith
Handwriting of Ruby May Jeffrey nee: Smith

In 1900 Grandma’s sister Ruby would only have been 11 years old and I believe her handwriting suggest someone just a little older – perhaps Ruby sent it closer to 1905 – 1910.

I thought that the wording on the front of the card also suggested that Ruby may have been older when she sent it to Grandma Ines.

Ruby was 6 years younger than Ines, but they seemed to share a close sisterly relationship.

 

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