The World First printed Christmas Card | #BEKANTAN News
The World’s First Printed Christmas Cards Goes on Display now. The card, dating from 1843, is a symbol of an enduring holiday tradition in an era of e-cards and GIFs. Only 21 of the originals are known to have survived.
In an era of e-cards, emojis and GIFs, a London museum has put on display what the Smithsonian and the Victoria and Albert Museum call the world’s oldest printed Christmas card. Dating to 1843, it serves as a reminder of the enduring power of a holiday tradition. The card was one of 1,000 commissioned by a British civil servant, Henry Cole, and illustrated by the artist John Callcott Horsley, the Charles Dickens Museum in central London said.
“A merry Christmas and a happy New Year to you,” the greeting reads. The illustration depicts a scene likely to be reproduced around many dining tables this year: generations of a family sitting together as they tuck into a meal with wine glasses in hand. The sender’s language, perhaps more affectionate than is traditional today, offers little clues about the card’s age. Addressed to “My very dear father and mother,” the card is signed, “from their loving son, Joe.”
In the 176 years since they were produced, only 21 of the originals are known to have survived. The card is on loan to the Dickens museum from a book dealer in San Francisco. Such a fascinating history..
Source: The New York Times
Contributor: Benaya Stephen
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