A brief history of (weird and wonderful) Victorian Christmas cards

It’s both crazy and yet totally sensical to realize many of our Christmas traditions only date back as far as the Victorian era. Of course this is especially true if you celebrate within the UK, but many of the influences definitely spread across the pond as well (holly! mistletoe! ivy!). Check out this delightful video from the Victoria and Albert Museum to learn more.

Join us as curators Alice Power and Sarah Beattie take a look at cards from our Prints collection to reveal weird and wonderful tastes from the Victorian era. In a period of great change and innovation, Victorian card companies didn’t hold back on trying new ideas, resulting in everything from the now familiar image of Father Christmas and robins, to talking vegetables, fighting kittens – and even clowns!


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