Despite my own non-carding activities, I think it's lovely that people are still taking the time to make and buy and send Christmas cards. Much like the continued survival of magazines, it seems they are a little piece of paper tradition which people are happy to keep a hold of in the modern digital world.
So after my post on the history of Halloween, I was looking forward to doing some historical research on Christmas, and I thought - why not look into Christmas cards?
Little did I know I was soon to discover that Victorian Christmas cards are as mad as a box of frogs (quite literally).
Here is just a small selection of some of the weirdest I came across:
|You wouldn't want this guy to turnip at your door..|
|I think they're arguing - he looks a little henpecked|
|I think the printers just wanted to re-use an old children's book illustration here|
|Fancy a kiss?|
|Wait... that's snowman - that's a woman!|
And I cannot find reason nor rhyme for it, but frogs seem to be a favourite feature:
|Daylight froggery! Call the tadpolice!|
|I told him to be careful with that drum - he'll ribbit|
|Okay, this one is definitely a recycled fairy tale picture|
|There's four frogs which need to be mistle-toad away...|
|"Just write 'A Joyful Christmas to you' along the bottom and start printing it. No one will care"|
|Hopping it won't be raining cats and frogs this Christmas|
|That's one crazy stag do!|
Those card givers had better prepare themselves for a surprise, as I think I may have come up with a plan for next year...