Vintage Christmas Cards

With Thanksgiving over, I can finally let myself pay attention to Christmas. I’m one of those people who doesn’t plan ahead, who ignores the holiday displays that hit stores right after Halloween. In fact, I’ve been known to speed past them so I won’t be tempted to look.

This month the Damsels will be posting a lot of Christmas-related material. And since I received my first Christmas card on November 30, I thought it would be fun to take a look back at Christmas cards from the Victorian era.

The images shown here are from a couple of different web sites, and there is the slight possibility that they were fabricated to look vintage instead of actually being from the 19th century. That disclaimer aside, see what you think of these. The majority don’t have dates–maybe a brave reader would like to make a guess as to the approximate year of each one.


Notice the gifts of fruit under the tree.

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3 Responses to Vintage Christmas Cards

  1. Jennifer says:

    Love the second to last. Though they all have that vintage feel that I love 😀

    Do you know when Christmas Card sending started to become popular?

  2. Tricia says:

    My favorite is the last one, although there’s something about a young woman holding snowballs that really makes me smile.

    The following is from World Book Encyclopedia:

    The first Christmas card was created in 1843 by John Calcott Horsley, an English illustrator. It resembled a postcard and showed a large family enjoying a Christmas celebration. The message on the card read, “A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to You.” About 1,000 of the cards were sold. By 1860, the custom of exchanging Christmas cards had spread throughout the United Kingdom. The first Christmas cards manufactured in the United States were made in 1875 by Louis Prang, a German-born Boston printer.

  3. Emilie says:

    What a great way to start all of our Christmas-themed posts:)

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