Happy New Year?

Humor and well wishes for a prosperous and happy new year have certainly changed over the years. Yesteryear tidings came in all forms, including some bizarre cards that are sure to make you go, "hmmm."

Apparently, in the Victorian era, it was totally okay to send your new year's well wishes via a card with a lady throwing a child into a pot. Out with the bad and in with the good, perhaps? Your guess is as good as mine.

There are some interesting traditions expressed in the cards, as well. Germany believes pigs are good luck, so you'll see porkers in a lot of vintage cards from the region. Frogs are also considered good luck, so they, too, make many an appearance. Several cards also feature what I can guess are elves or fairies, as well. Many also feature odd depictions of children or childlike beings doing some strange things. I have zero explanations for those.

From pigs pulling a sleigh containing a mushroom passenger to stinging insects, the images on these greeting cards are definitely not Hallmark-approved. But they are right up your alley if you are a fan of the truly bizarre and slightly offputting. Heck, some of them are likely available online through a quick Google search, so you might even be able to send them to your friends and family. 

So, let's dive right into a new decade with the best wishes of an era gone by! Oh, and a very happy and prosperous New Year to you all!