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The rolled diploma (does anyone even receive a diploma like this anymore?!) is what caught our attention immediately.  Add to it the red roses and gold bow and this card comes straight out of Francie Nolan’s graduation in A Tree Grows In Brooklyn.  In the book, Francie graduates from 8th grade, but the recipient of this card took education a step further and graduated from nursing school. 

Inside, the theme of the rose is carried through visually on the left and although the verse is done in rhymed, metered verse as was the style three generations ago, the message is as relevant today as it was then.  It’s a simple message, expressing hope for the future and a wish for satisfaction we all find in a job well done. 


We’re especially partial to this gem for several reasons.  First, the font for the verse is very appealing.  Light and even somewhat fragile, it fits well within the card.  Second, we were pleasantly surprised to see no gender was noted and although we suspect 99.9% of all the recipients of this card were female, the verse itself is gender—and ethnically—neutral.


The card is a double-fold, the paper is coarse and textured.  The diploma and roses on the front are embossed (raised slightly above the main surface).  It measures 4x8” and on the back, the single word “Gibson” reminds us of the rich heritage the third-largest—and oldest—card company gave us for many years.  The card cost 25 cents and was Made In U.S.A.  Besides a stock number, that’s the only writing on the back.


Although this is a Nurse’s Graduation card, today of course, we celebrate Nurses Day as well as National Student Nurses Day.  For a fascinating history of the holiday itself, please visit  And to the nurses around the world, THANK YOU!  You make hospital internment bearable with your nurturing smiles and caring ways.


This page has been a popular headliner since 2001, where we share modern greeting cards as well as those from our industry’s past.  As such, you’ll be able to see and judge for yourself how cards have changed over the decades. 

These are all fascinating cards because we’ve found them in all sorts of places—from lawn sales to estate sales, antique shops, old book stores, stuck in old books we’ve purchased.  Some are from our own personal history—“keeper cards” we just couldn’t throw out.  Since most of these were greeting cards which were sent to others, you’ll see faded ink, cursive lettering, childish scrawls as part of the inside of the card.  We’ll do our best to describe them in all their glory as they contain a visual and written history of how we, as individuals and as a society, communicated with one another. 

AND, if you’d like to share a card of your own, feel free to send it along.  We suggest putting two thin squares of cardboard on either side of the card to protect it.  If you want it back, be sure to send a large enough envelope with sufficient postage for us to return the card.  Above all, if you can, supply us with a little history of the card—who it was sent to, by whom and when—we’d love to hear about it.  Give us your name, city and state and an email address where we can contact you.  We won’t publish your email address, only your name, city and state—and not even that, if you request anonymity.

Please, no more than three cards at a time—and we can’t promise what we’ll use or when.  We also assume no responsibility for their return.  We’ll take great care with your cards, but things do occasionally go astray.

Also, please take note:

·        No x-rated verses or artwork

·        Send sufficient return postage in a large envelope for return of cards

·        Send your contact information in case of questions (especially an accurate email address)

·        Don’t send anything you would be heartbroken to lose; submissions can  and do get lost.

Send cards to Sandra Miller-Louden, P.O. Box 485, Grantsville, MD 21536 and mark the envelope: ATTN: UTWHS

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