The First Christmas Card.

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Here are Charlie the Christmas Elf and Billie the Frost Elf guarding the presents.

Our present for you all today is the first Christmas card.

There’s an article here at Victoriana.com.
http://www.victoriana.com/christmas/card1st-99.htm

The custom up to this point had been to write Christmas letters, sometimes with illustrations, but Sir Henry Cole’s mailing list had grown a little large. Some say getting up to 1,000. The card was his solution.

The card is on the above page, but I’m putting it here, too.Firstcard

One interesting thing to note is the three important parts of Christmas shown. In the center, the family, gathered together. At the sides, religious observance and charity.

May the season be merry and bright — and not too stressful!

Jo and the Wenches.

12 thoughts on “The First Christmas Card.”

  1. Very cool, Jo! I’d never seen this. The graphic styles have changed since 1843, but the sentiments are exactly the same: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
    Mary Jo, wishing the same to all

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  2. Very cool, Jo! I’d never seen this. The graphic styles have changed since 1843, but the sentiments are exactly the same: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
    Mary Jo, wishing the same to all

    Reply
  3. Very cool, Jo! I’d never seen this. The graphic styles have changed since 1843, but the sentiments are exactly the same: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
    Mary Jo, wishing the same to all

    Reply
  4. Very cool, Jo! I’d never seen this. The graphic styles have changed since 1843, but the sentiments are exactly the same: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
    Mary Jo, wishing the same to all

    Reply
  5. Merry Christmas Word Wenches! Each of you has made my world so much brighter this year. To you I raise my cup of virtual wassail. Thank you.
    Jo, what a wonderful card. The image says so much about the people and their times. Wonder what our Christmas cards will say about us 200 years in the future.
    –the littlest wenchling, who got Brainwave Symphony for Christmas. Look out publishing world! Here I come.

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  6. Merry Christmas Word Wenches! Each of you has made my world so much brighter this year. To you I raise my cup of virtual wassail. Thank you.
    Jo, what a wonderful card. The image says so much about the people and their times. Wonder what our Christmas cards will say about us 200 years in the future.
    –the littlest wenchling, who got Brainwave Symphony for Christmas. Look out publishing world! Here I come.

    Reply
  7. Merry Christmas Word Wenches! Each of you has made my world so much brighter this year. To you I raise my cup of virtual wassail. Thank you.
    Jo, what a wonderful card. The image says so much about the people and their times. Wonder what our Christmas cards will say about us 200 years in the future.
    –the littlest wenchling, who got Brainwave Symphony for Christmas. Look out publishing world! Here I come.

    Reply
  8. Merry Christmas Word Wenches! Each of you has made my world so much brighter this year. To you I raise my cup of virtual wassail. Thank you.
    Jo, what a wonderful card. The image says so much about the people and their times. Wonder what our Christmas cards will say about us 200 years in the future.
    –the littlest wenchling, who got Brainwave Symphony for Christmas. Look out publishing world! Here I come.

    Reply

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