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Tracing the history of the Christmas card from its Victorian origins up to the end of the Second World War, the text illustrates examples in colour of a wide variety from each decade and shows how to create your own collection. The first Christmas card appeared in 1843 but the idea did not catch on until almost twenty years late. The invention of the chromolithographic process and the introductin of comprehensive postal reforms sealed the success of the Christmas card. By the 1880s, sales were well into the millions per year and the Christmas card has retained its popularity ever since

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780747804260
ISBN-10: 0747804265
Format: Paperback
(210mm x 150mm x 4mm)
Pages: 40
Imprint: Shire Publications Ltd
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Sep-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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Author Biography - Michelle Higgs

Michelle Higgs is a history graduate and freelance writer specialising in history, heritage and leisure and has contributed to a wide range of publications. She is interested in all aspects of social history, particularly the Victorian and Edwardian eras, and her passion for Christmas cars began when she was given a Victorian Christmas album as a gift.

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