Storks

Stork postcards delivering babies were something I bought when I first started collecting. I don’t have too many, only 4. What I like about them is the fact that on most of these cards there was a blank space in the front to fill out the new baby’s name, birthday, weight, etc. The card to the right shows just that- a boy, weighing 7 pounds, born on July 12th, named Kenneth Edward.

I’m sure most of us associate storks with being the bearers of babies, but in ancient Greek mythology storks actually stole babies. A goddess named Hera turned a queen named Gerana into a stork after she angered Hera. Gerana then tried to get her own child back in this stork form.

On the opposite end of stealing babies, people in northern Europe enjoyed when storks would nest on their houses because they thought this would bring fertility and prosperity. Also, the hebrew word for stork, chasidah, can be translated to “kind mother.” It is this happier portrayal of storks that makes them a popular postcard subject.

This stork, published by Ullman Manufacturing Co., brings news of a baby girl named Ruth Elizabeth Duvall, weighing 9 and 3/4 pounds in 1907. That’s a big baby!

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3 Responses to Storks

  1. Brooks Karpf says:

    cool webpage, rss following now and hope to see some similar posts soon.

  2. Anne Harris says:

    I have a 1907 post card mfg by Ullman. It’s one of the stork cards. Has original postage stamp on it too. I would like to sell it.

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