Mother’s Day Memories: Yenke Peddler’s Antiques

CLEVELAND, Ohio – I remember Mitch Albom’s meaningful quote this year for the commemoration of Mother’s Day, May 8: “Behind all your stories is always your mother’s story, for hers is where yours begins.”

Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908. Anna Jarvis of Grafton, W.Va., wanted to honor her mother, who died in 1905. The tradition continues over a century later, with the status of national holiday granted in 1914. Happy Mother’s Day to all! Speaking of special greetings, we are fortunate in Cleveland to have a greeting card company in our territory — American Greetings Corp. It all started in 1906 with a young Polish immigrant, Jacob Sapirstein, whose father was a rabbi.

In the 1930s, Sapirstein Greeting Card Co. was run by Jacob and his three sons. They expanded the business, needing larger facilities to design and print their own cards.

With the growth came a name change. American Greetings Publishers Co. was established in 1939, with incorporated status in 1944. Then, like today, American Greetings in 1952 began offering stock purchase.

Irving Stone took the reins in 1960, while his son-in-law, Morry Weiss, was named president in 1978. The family business continues, and with the acquisition of Cincinnati Gibson Greetings in 1999, higher rankings followed in the Cleveland market.

Cards are always an important part of life, whether it’s birthdays, anniversaries or any special keepsakes. Their creative studios at Crocker Park in Westlake are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday for the gallery walk. Visit the places and enjoy the art!


This is a framed photo that my grandmother received in the early 1900s. It is of Myrtle Reed. I would appreciate your review. On the back, it is signed “To Lilly, From Mike” (my brother), dated 1914-1917.



Hi Tracy,

Your touching Myrtle Reed print is copyrighted 1910, published by PF Volland & Co. Chicago. The hand colored print is a poem titled “TO YOU”. The most significant words are in the text. To sum up, the little bird comes to tell the receiver that he is thought of and remembered by the giver. Myrtle’s pen name was Olive Green for cookbooks and bestsellers. The value of your print, with handwritten provenance, would be $45.

If you have an item to appraise, send a clear photo with history to Yenke Peddler, Brenda Yenke, PO Box 361633, Strongsville, Ohio, 44136. You can also send photos and inquiries for Brenda to appraise at [email protected].

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