A Cheque-Book of Beautiful New Year Wishes

Christian Isberg was a native of Sweden who came to Laramie, Wyoming, in 1868, when the town was first founded as a supply depot for the Union Pacific Railroad. He settled in the town and raised two sons, William H. and John, and a daughter, Emily.

Son William graduated from Laramie High School in 1895. He was a clerk in the dry goods department of various Laramie stores before opening his own establishment. He was also an amateur photographer who took pictures of Laramie streets and events. His wife, Ginx Rich Isberg, was also an amateur photographer.

William “Billy” Isberg and his wife Ginx send a note while sightseeing in Denver, ca. 1920, Isberg Family papers, Box 1, Scan No. ah00215_0294a, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming.

One thing the Isberg family papers are not short on is charm. The collection contains photographs and glass plate negatives documenting the Isberg family and their friends as well as Laramie and Albany County as they appeared from the 1890s to about 1918.

But one especially charming item in the Isberg collection isn’t a photograph. It’s a special type of gift for the New Year. The “Cheque-Book of Beautiful New Year Wishes” looks like a checkbook but instead contains detachable greetings that can be given to friends. Each “check” contains a different set of friendly quotes and verses. The account is under the fictitious firm of the “Love and Joy Banking Company Unlimited.”

Thanks to a grant the American Heritage Center received the Wyoming State Historic Records Advisory Board in 2017, the Isberg’s photographs and other materials have been digitized. You can find more than 700 images of interest and charm in the digitized collection.

Happy 2021 Everyone!

Post submitted by AHC’s Simpson Archivist Leslie Waggener


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