Christmas card with picture of tea leaves


Sir Henry Cole devised the first Christmas card in 1843, but it wasn’t until the 1880s that festive cards were mass produced and thus affordable to the general public. This card’s plays upon a popular pastime in Victorian Britain, Tasseography: the art of reading your future through interpreting the tea remnants in a cup. The leaves read ‘with best wishes’, with the sender of the card wishing the recipient ‘a joyous and happy Christmas’.

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Christmas card (chromolitho)
c. 19th century
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