Advert For C. Goodman, Christmas & New Year Cards
Medium: Print on paper
This is an advertisement for C. Goodman’s stationery store where he sold Christmas and New Year greetings cards. The custom of sending Christmas cards became popular during the Victorian period (along with many of our other Christmas traditions like decorating a tree, eating a plum pudding and pulling crackers). The first card was designed by John Callcott Horsley at the request of Henry Cole the director of the Victoria and Albert Museum. Sending seasonal greetings became especially popular after 1840 when the penny post was introduced. From this time cards and letters could be send anywhere across the country for just 1 penny.