St. Patrick’s Day the Vintage Way

Irish Dance MinnesotaHappy St. Patrick’s Day, Paperdoll-ers. I celebrated yesterday with my traditional trip to downtown St. Paul’s Landmark Center for the Irish Music & Dance Association’s Day of Irish Dance. It’s great to see the growth of many new dance schools in the Twin Cities area and watch Irish dance flourishing here.

Since Irish dance has been a part of my life for more than the last decade, I wanted to share how Irish dance has been portrayed in eras passed. When I was researching vintage cards for Valentine’s Day, I realized that there are quite a few St. Patrick’s Day card designs. A few portrayed dancers, so I decided those were the ones to share with you here.

Back when cards were still super popular, it was traditional to send St. Patrick’s Day greeting cards to friends and family. The vintage images printed on these cards have seen an upsurge in popularity. Even at Day of Dance, I saw Landmark Center’s gift shop had little trinkets with reproduced Irish greeting card image for sale.

Irish Dance PostcardVintage cards aren’t usually worth a lot, since most have already been written on and mailed.This one is from Ruby Lane is selling for $12, the upper end of the vintage card market.

Irish dance posterThis reproduction is available in poster format from Amazon and yours for $7. Not collectible per se, but a cost effective decorative item nonetheless.

Vintage St. Patrick's Day postcardThis postcard has a couple kids doing something that might vaguely resemble Irish dancing, but they should probably work on keeping their arms straight.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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