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  1. 13 Dec '14 09:43 / 1 edit
    Every wondered what the first Christmas card was? Wonder no more.

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_card#/image/File:Firstchristmascard.jpg

    It was commissioned by Henry Cole in 1843, the same year Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol.

    1,000 of these Christmas cards were printed, and Cole used as many as he required before selling the rest for 6d (sixpence) each. This price made them a luxury item, unavailable to the working class.

    This advert for the card appeared in the Athenaeum paper:

    "Just published. A Christmas Congratulation Card: or picture emblematical of Old English Festivity to Perpetuate kind recollections between Dear Friends."

    The card was designed by John C Horsley. It was printed lithographically and then hand-coloured.
  2. 13 Dec '14 20:18
    Originally posted by Rank outsider
    Every wondered what the first Christmas card was? Wonder no more.

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_card#/image/File:Firstchristmascard.jpg

    It was commissioned by Henry Cole in 1843, the same year Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol.

    1,000 of these Christmas cards were printed, and Cole used as many as he required before selling th ...[text shortened]... The card was designed by John C Horsley. It was printed lithographically and then hand-coloured.
    By the way, does that advert in the Athenaeum remind you of anyone?