Reproduction of the first Christmas card

Description

Reproduction of the Christmas card designed by John Callcott Horsley for Henry Cole in 1843. This is recognised as the first Christmas card ever sent.

Full title:
Reproduction of the Christmas card designed by John Callcott Horsley, sent to Henry Cole
Created:
1843 (reprinted c.1945)
Format:
Card / Ephemera
Creator:
John Callcott Horsley
Held by:
Victoria and Albert Museum
Copyright:
© Victoria and Albert Museum

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Victorian Christmas

Article by:
Judith Flanders
Themes:
The middle classes, Popular culture

Judith Flanders describes how many of our own Christmas traditions – from trees and crackers to cards and carols – have their origins in 19th-century industrial and commercial interests.

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