Antique greeting cards, from the Portugal Consulate and family from the early 1900s. Photos from Oporto, Portugal, a mountain home and a rural scene.
A pair of used cards from the US Consul to Harput, and family, while in Portugal, sometime in the 1910s.
Each card is printed inside:
"Mr. and Mrs. Leslie A. Davis
send you their best wishes for
Christmas and the New year
There is a long, written message in each.
Leslie A. Davis (1876–1960) was an American diplomat and wartime US consul to Harput, Ottoman Empire from 1914 to 1917, who witnessed the Armenian Genocide (see more information here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leslie_Davis)
He wrote The Slaughterhouse Province: An American Diplomat's Report on the Armenian Genocide, 1915-1917.
These were sent likely at some point in the 1910s, 1920s at the latest.
Each card measure approximately:
6.25" x 4.75" or 17.2 cm 12 cm (one is slightly smaller than the other)
The photos adhered to the front of each measure approximately:
4.5" x 2.75" or 11.4 cm x 7 cm (one is slightly smaller than the other)
Very good vintage with some wear. There is staining on the front paper of one card (see photo #2 above). Both cards have minor creases and tears in the paper, mostly the inside back. The "mountain home" photo is peeling away from the card halfway and looks like it has what appears to be some water damage on it. The printed and handwritten messages are clear, but there is yellowing on the paper and photos from age. The flaws have been taken into in pricing.
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