Christmas Cards (Shire Books, 1999)
Victorian Christmas Cards
Did you know that when Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol in 1843, the Christmas card had not been invented? Or that Christmas cards were avidly collected by the Victorians as works of art?
You can find out more about the fascinating history of Christmas cards in this little book, which begins with their early Victorian origins through to their heyday in the 1880s, ending with cards from the Second World War. It describes how to start a collection of Christmas cards, which artists and publishers to look out for and the social background to their invention and popularity. The book is packed full of illustrations of a wide variety of cards and would make a great gift at any time of the year.