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New Year's Day
New Year's Day
TitleNew Year's Day
DescriptionNew Year's Day Postcard
Historical ArticleA Happy New Year is the message spelled out by the telephone cord of an early-day polished brass telephone with a black rubber mouthpiece and receiver. The instrument was first manufactured for the telephone company in 1897.

Baby New Year, riding a cloud, speaks his greeting as he travels in space through the stars.

The 1908 New Year's post card was one of a series and was mailed from Kansas City at a time when many residents were choosing between a Bell telephone or a Home telephone. Until 1919 Kansas City had two telephone companies and business houses found it imperative to subscribe to both.

The Bell Telephone Company stopped manufacturing the polished brass instruments in 1920, and rarity has made them valuable.

The 65-year-old greeting on the post card is still a good one today: Happy New Year.

Kansas City Times
December 30, 1972

AuthorRay, Mrs. Sam (Mildred)
Item TypePostcard
CollectionMrs. Sam Ray Postcard Collection (SC58)
See finding aid: http://localhistory.kclibrary.org/u?/Local,36981
LocationSC58
Local SubjectHolidays
Digital FormatJPEG
Barcode20000233
RepositoryMissouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Missouri
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