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Virtual Advent Calendar – 7th December

In the lead-up to Christmas we are showcasing some of the festive items in our collection across our social networks. Behind the door of our virtual advent calendar today is…

‘We post our letters of good cheer/ Now that Christmas draws so near’ Christmas Card (Early 20th Century)

Christmas card: Image shows two young children posting letters in a letter box with snow on dome.

Image shows two young children posting letters in a letter box with snow on dome.

Inside is an image of children on a sledge with the Christmas Greeting ‘WISHING YOU LOTS OF FUN AND A RIGHT HAPPY CHRISTMAS.’

Handwritten dedication inside. Red cord binds card together

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Virtual Advent Calendar – 6th December

In the lead-up to Christmas we are showcasing some of the festive items in our collection across our social networks. Behind the door of our virtual advent calendar today is…

Christmas Greeting from The Army Post Office Corps Bloemfontein (1890s-1920s)

A black and white lantern slide of an image of a map, with a group photo in front of Field Post Office in the centre.

A black and white lantern slide of an image of a map, with a group photo in front of Field Post Office in the centre.

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Virtual Advent Calendar – 5th December

In the lead-up to Christmas we are showcasing some of the festive items in our collection across our social networks. Behind the door of our virtual advent calendar today is…

Christmas in the country – arrival of the postman (1872)

Illustration of a family standing outside their home with the postman

Illustration.

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Virtual Advent Calendar – 4th December

In the lead-up to Christmas we are showcasing some of the festive items in our collection across our social networks. Behind the door of our virtual advent calendar today is…

Pillar box Christmas Card (1860-1890)

A single sheet novelty Christmas card in the shape of a pillar box.

A single sheet novelty Christmas card in the shape of a pillar box.

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Virtual Advent Calendar – 3rd December

In the lead-up to Christmas we are showcasing some of the festive items in our collection across our social networks. Behind the door of our virtual advent calendar today is…

Christmas Card: Good Wishes (c. 1860)

Printed Christmas Card with an image depicting a small child trying to reach the aperture of a first national standard pillar box.  Beneath the picture: 'I tarn't [sic] reach - Christmas Eve'.

Printed Christmas Card with an image depicting a small child trying to reach the aperture of a first national standard pillar box.  Beneath the picture: ‘I tarn’t [sic] reach – Christmas Eve’.

Inside two seasonal verses four lines each ‘With all good wishes’.

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Virtual Advent Calendar – 2nd December

In the lead-up to Christmas we are showcasing some of the festive items in our collection across our social networks. Behind the door of our virtual advent calendar today is…

The Postman’s Christmas Verse for 1854

The Postman's Christmas Verse for 1854

The Postman's Christmas Verse for 1854

Sixteen stanzas of verse of four line rhyming couplets bounded by decorative border.

Purchased with assistance from the V&A Purchase fund.

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UPDATE: Photographer Joshiah Robinson, currently snowed-in, has restored the Postman’s Christmas Verse for us. See it on Flickr.

Virtual Advent Calendar – 1st December

In the lead-up to Christmas we are showcasing some of the festive items in our collection across our social networks. Behind the door of our virtual advent calendar today is…

The World’s First Christmas Card (1843)

Christmas card consisting of a lithograph on card with a rustic trellis dividing the card into three scenes.

An example of the first British Christmas card. The Christmas card was designed by John Callcott Horsley RA, from an idea by Sir Henry Cole (founding director of the Victoria and Albert Museum).The initial print run was for 1000 cards. The first edition of cards was lithographed and hand coloured by a professional colourer named Mason. Surplus cards from the original print run were sold under Henry Cole’s pseudonym of Felix Summerly for one shilling each. This card is one of these surpluses.

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