Kovels.com Item of the Week May 2, 2011: Vintage Mother's Day Greetings

On Mother’s Day, today’s sons and daughters say it with flowers, candy or maybe an iphone, and a card with a line or two of verse. But years ago, mothers treasured sentimental mottoes on embroidered samplers and framed prints.

The Buzza Company, founded in Minneapolis in 1907, was the first big maker of gift mottoes, framed lithographs with pleasant pictures and syrupy verses on family, friendship, religion, patriotism, and other topics. For Mother, Buzza mottoes expressed mushy sentiments like “In the glow of twilight, Mother, when the busy day is through, comes an old, sweet song of childhood, bringing tender thoughts of you.”

Very popular in the 1920s and ‘30s, but not like popular cards today with sentiments like “Mom, You always said, ‘Someday, you’ll thank me.’ And as usual, you were right! Thanks! Happy Mother’s Day!”

Buzza Mother print

This Buzza motto is from 1927. Prints like this sell for around $65.