The vintage photo and wedding invitation below were included with an antique bride’s book I purchased online a few months ago.
The sepia-toned photograph features a young mother sitting close to a table where her baby is seated. The mother is cradling the baby with her right arm extended behind his back and holding a toy in front of the baby with her other hand. Gathered from the information within the bride’s book (including the wedding invitation below), the woman’s name was Elizabeth Gertrude Hays. She was married to Victor Critchet Smith in New Carlisle, Indiana, in 1908.
The wedding invitation included with the bride’s book reads as follows:
“Mr. and Mrs. Henry Busscher
announce the marriage of their daughter
Elizabeth Gertrude Hays
Victor Critchet Smith
on Thursday, the tenth of September
one thousand nine hundred and eight
in New Carlisle, Indiana
A small card was with the invitation. I assume it may have been presented to announce a reception, gift opening, or other post-wedding ceremony celebration. The card itself was well preserved by an outer, semi-transparent, textured paper, that is now aged and grungy.
The simple card, removed from the grungy protective cover, reads:
after September the fifteenth
New Carlisle, Indiana”
Perhaps the card was simply to indicate the newly married couple could be visited at their home after September the fifteenth.
In addition to the vintage photo and wedding invitation, two or three interesting letters from “Grandma” were included with the antique bride’s book. I plan to share those letters with you another time.
The antique bride’s book I purchased was published in 1904. Most of the pages were unused. I listed a set of 18 pages from the book to my Etsy shop about a month ago.
New in my Etsy shop this week is printable collage sheet of five handwritten vintage recipe cards. The individual cards, separated from the white background of the collage sheet, are also included in the listing.
Preview image is linked to my shop.