Friday, 2 April 2010

Faith, Hope & Charity




















1 Corinthians, Ch13v3 "And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity" 
Pythagoras called three the perfect number, expressive of the beginning the middle and the end.  Three is symbolic  in classic mythology and many religions.  This pretty little girl is showing the three Christian graces of Faith, Hope and Charity.  The three cards were sent to my Grandmother in 1913 from her friend in Farnworth near Bolton, Lancashire.

Faith arrived in February 1913 with the message "Dear Winnie, Hoping you like this. Will send "Hope and Charity" later on . Best love, Yours Dora Hart"


True to her word Hope was posted on 7th March 1913 with the message "Dear Winnie "I wish to thank you for the beautiful snowdrops you so kindly sent to me. Do try and come for a few days before long, would meet you and make you welcome. Believe me. Your true friend Dora Hart"

And appropriately enough Charity arrived the day before Christmas "Wishing you the compliments of the Season." and as an afterthought "write to me".  My Grandmother wrote a good letter, they were always short, but as my father said, she packed more information into one page than most letters contained in three.

Happy Easter and Friendship Friday to everyone.



Postcard Friendship Friday is hosted by The Best Hearts are Crunchy

11 comments:

Evelyn Yvonne Theriault said...

What a lovely post - and your postcard is similar in feeling to my choice this week - very tender.
Evelyn in Montreal

Christine H. said...

These are beautiful...and the handwriting is exquisite.

Dayhomemama said...

Oh, those are so lovely, I wish I'd received them myself! Gone are the days of lovely mail...bills, junk and fliers is all I seem to receive these days. Thanks for putting a smile on my face!

Beth Niquette said...

What a lovely postcard. I love the handwriting and info-packed words. I'm so glad you save these! The little girl is lovely. Thank you!

Happy PFF!

Postcardy said...

That's an interesting series. Thanks for the explanation of what they show.

Mary said...

How cool is that that all three survived this long! I once knew twins named Hope & Charity. As the story went, they were preemies, and these were the feelings of the mother when they survived!

Irene said...

Lovely post. Happy Easter to you as well.

Sreisaat said...

Fantastic vintage cards and what an interesting story behind the series! In this day and age, it's rare now to have correspondence through postcards. Oh, there is Postcrossing, of course =) Many thanks for visiting mine.


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Lyneen said...

LOVE HER BEAUTIFUL BIG EYES! Wonderful cards... thanks so much for sharing... PFF and thanks for stopping by.

Bob of Holland said...

Great post. The three postcards are a wonderful series indeed, but I also like the idea that you re-post the mail your grandmother once received. Happy PFF.

Clytie said...

Beautiful cards. I love the handwriting as well - very elegant. Happy PFF!