Do you keep the Christmas cards you receive from year to year? I pick out one or two because I am a bit of a hoarder, and sentimental with it. If you happen to have one like this in your family collection let me tell you it is worth thousands because this is the first Christmas card ever produced.
It was the brainchild of Sir Henry Cole who, in 1843, wondered how he could get more of the public to use the new Post Office service and stamps. Along with his friend John Horsley, who was an artist, he designed the first card and sold them for 1 shilling each. That first year only about 1000 were printed and sold and are now very rare. The idea really took off the following year and the rest is history. But, did you know that the Victorians sent rather creepy cards too – which would make a quirky collection of Period Features.
What do you think of this one? I just don’t get it but I am told the Victorians had a rather particular sense of humour and would have found it funny.
This one looks strange too but at least the message is that even bugs are having a good time.
A mouse and a lobster? The scroll says Peace, Joy, Health and Happiness – in French.
How about a little light festive-themed torture to make your friends appreciate how lucky they are!
Nothing says Christmas like a dead robin, does it?
And as for absent friends – well, we all think of them when we down an oyster, don’t we.
The Turkeys Revenge – perfect choice for the militant vegetarian.
I leave you with this young man who, although uncomfortably stuffed in a teapot, is still up for sending you a Christmas Greeting with Love. Hold that thought!