I have a growing collection of vintage postcards -- both for the images (on the ones that are in the public domain) and for using in crafting. Some of the most unusual ones are from the Victorian era and feature both illustration and photography.
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Today's weird postcard is definitely pre-1900 and at first glance looks like a typical Santa image from the era -- until you take a closer look.
Santa does appear to be trying to kidnap that kid -- kind of the opposite of his job for sure! I'm actually glad I looked closer, it was in a pile to go into a pretty Victorian themed Christmas junk journal kit and would have looked awfully odd with the sparkly decor and flowers!
If you want your own copy of the creepy Santa postcard, just hit the button below, it will download a high resolution copy for you. Don't blame me if he gives you nightmares, though!
Vintage Krampus Postcard
It actually looks like this was originally intended to be a Krampus card, also popular at the time -- Santa's opposite was often shown abducting kids who were naughty at Christmas.
The postcard below is a good example -- and is available for download free on Wikimedia Commons.
Not exactly a pleasant fellow, but a popular Victorian Christmas image!
What Type of Paper is Best for Printables? About Cardstock
Cardstock comes in different weights -- the one I like best for dimensional projects like this one is 11o lb. It is a little heavier than the 90 lb and holds folds really well. The one I use is below, but any 110 lb paper is a good choice. The reason I like this brand is I can get a pack of 250 sheets for under $10 -- the HP paper is the same quality but $14 for 250 sheets :)