Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas in Irvine

Today's images are Christmas cards sent by James H. and Katherine Irvine in the 1930s. Copies of the cards were posted online by the Katie Wheeler Branch Library in Irvine. (As always, click on any image to enlarge it.) The 1938 card, above, depicts Irvine Lake. I just discovered a much larger version of this image recently, which I may share at a later time.
Note the recurring agriculture motif. Also notice the recurring terrible poetry. Yikes! (Am I the only one reminded of Farmer Iggy's Almanac? "Plant in the mornin', vegetables a-bornin'.") This last card shows the Irvine Ranch Headquarters. Today, much of this property is preserved as the Irvine Heritage Park.


OCkid said...

It gets worse . . . it was James Irvine himself who wrote the poetry -- much to the embarrassment of his family.

Connie Moreno said... bats?

ItsNotAPlace said...

He was not a poet and he didn't realize it.