Irish eyes are smiling as we get ready to celebrate St. Patrick's Day! Among the many treasures of The New York Public Library are vintage postcards, many with handwritten messages from the first few decades of the 20th century. We hope the sampling below will help get you in the spirit of the day. You can see plenty more in our online Digital Collections. Erin go Bragh!
"Bring my pipe and fill its bowl, That I may puff to soothe my soul. For it is sure to clear my brain, And bring old memories back again."
"Don't make soap bubbles with this pipe —Aunt Edith"
Lady watering shamrocks
St Patrick's Day in the morning
St. Patrick's Day greetings
Dear Ireland's emblem just a spray to bring good luck to you this day
Saint Patrick's Day greeting
"Best Wishes from your Dutch Mother in law"
"The day that makes March famous, The day that brings a smile To every son and daughter Of dear old Erin's Isle"
Erin Go Bragh
"Do you think you are ever going back think of me if you are. GoodBy"
"I just wish I was in dear Killarney"
St. Patrick's Day Greeting
"St. Patrick's Day in the Morning. The Day that's after our heart. 'Tis up with the Sun and we're on our way. To join the folk for 'tis St Patrick's Day."
"Top of the mornin' to ye Willie. St Patrick told me to send you this. Don't forget to kiss the Blarney Stone. Your Friend Marnie Madden"