Victorian Style Christmas Cards
The First Victorian Christmas Card
Victorian style Christmas cards are an essential part of celebrating a Victorian Christmas because the Christmas card was invented in Victorian times!
Historically, the first Christmas card was a postcard. This was actually a piece of art done by the painter John Callcott Horsley in the 1840’s. A businessman commissioned to advertise his business and serve as a greeting for friends and family.
Business people still use business postcards to this day. And especially business postcards are frequently sent out at Christmas time by dentists, real estate agents or whoever wants to stay in your mind throughout the year.
The first Christmas postcard is fascinating to examine. The contrast in the two groups of people demonstrated an evolving consciousness. The Victorian British public were becoming dissatisfied with the class system as it was.
That wealthy businessman is shown in the center of the card celebrating a rich Christmas dinner. He is surrounded by the poor and wretched in the shadows. I believe that was the businessman telling us to be compassionate about the poor. However, I also wonder if he felt some guilt about his riches, and wondered what he could do to even the score.
The First Victorian Christmas Greeting Cards
Twenty years passed from the first Christmas card to the development of the Christmas greeting card business. You see, they started as calling cards – which was a traditional Victorian custom. Soon, leaving a Christmas card when you visited during the holidays became very popular.
In contrast to the first Christmas cards, these Victorian Christmas cards did not dive so deeply into social justice.Instead, they they focused on the charm of what was believed to be a perfect Victorian Christmas. In addition to Father Christmas, the Christmas tree and other Christmas motifs, these Christmas cards were full of charming sentimental images.
Victorian Style Christmas Cards
Even if you are not sending antique Victorian cards, there are still plenty of Christmas cards in the Victorian style for you to send.
These cards are full of charming Victorian motifs.
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Vintage Victorian Christmas Cards
In addition, the hobby of Victorian card collecting is alive and well. During the Victorian age collecting Victorian cards was very popular. So you actually can find well-preserved vintage Victorian Christmas cards if you watch out on eBay.
Some times it cost a lot to celebrate a Victorian Christmas.
However, anyone can afford to celebrate the holiday with Victorian style Christmas cards.