The tradition of sending Christmas greetings dates back to early times. Thomas Shorrock of Leith, Scotland sent cards wishing "A Gude Year to Ye" around 1840. It was, however, Sir Henry Cole who is commonly credited with first producing cards in large quantities showing family and acts of charity depicted by an artist he commissioned. Sir Henry Cole received so many Christmas letters that he could not possibly keep up with the Victorian tradition of responding to all correspondence received. The mass production of cards allowed him to do so. It also encouraged the British people to take advantage of the newly established ' Penny Post' adopted by the Postal System to increase its use. Mail could be sent for a penny. This meant corresponding by post was more accessible.
Please enjoy this sample of the Museum's greeting cards for the Christmas season.
The tradition of official Christmas cards was introduced by Queen Victoria in the 1880's.
The Middleville and District Museum has a great selection of old greeting cards and postcards in its collection. Be sure to check out these beautiful relics of days gone by when you visit the Museum next season.
This journal is written, researched, and maintained by the volunteers of the Middleville Museum.