Monday, 9 December 2013

Victorian Christmas Cards - 1843

The British Postal Museum and Archive is selling some beautiful, traditional Christmas cards this year, including a copy of the very first Christmas card designed by John Callcott Horsley.

 "In 1843 - the same year that Charles Dickens published A Christmas Carol - Henry Cole, the founding director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, commissioned John Callcott Horsley to design a printed message for conveying his Christmas greetings. The Christmas card as we know it today was born.

Perfect for sending your own season's greetings, this new Christmas card pack from the BPMA contains five A6 cards based on the image from the front of the 1843 card, from an original in The British Postal Museum & Archive's collections.
Each card comes with an envelope and has been left blank inside for your own message."
 Free delivery is available for these cards all December with the code XMASPOST

 British Postal Museum and Archive - Christmas Cards