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Victorian Cards- Christmas traditions

December 25, 2010

          One of the nicest things about Christmas is reading the cards and letters and catching up on everyone’s news. I love Christmas cards. Especially the older style Victorian ones.

       What about you? Which ones are your favorites? Old-fashioned or modern?

                Suzi Love

             History of  the tradition of Christmas Cards

             In 1843 Henry Cole commissioned an artist to design a card for Christmas. It showed a group of people around a dinner table and a Christmas message. At one shilling each, ordinary Victorians couldn’t afford them but many children – including Queen Victoria’s – were encouraged to make their own Christmas cards.

          Printing technology became more advanced in the age of industrialisation and the price of card production dropped. With the introduction of the halfpenny postage rate, the Christmas card industry industry increased until in 1880 11.5 million cards were produced.

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