Greeting cards of christmas were sold for the first time in 1843; they were an invention of victorian. Henry Cole, the first director of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, I had many cards hand-colored for friends. One day he suggested that we print and sell 1000 to the public.
Although at the beginning were not very successful, turned into the massive business that we know today. But now we conceive of as those greetings cards with snow-covered landscapes, with images of santa Claus or the Magi, in their origin they were quite different. It is clear that they had a lot more imagination that us.
10 christmas Greetings, stranger of the old
1 – Theft of frogs
This shows us the consequences of a theft, where a frog lies dead on the floor stabbed to death, while the thief running with a bag. Your meaning for christmas is not known.
2 – Merry Christmas from Krampus
Santa Claus always find out who is bad and who is good. In Germany there is a figure called the Krampus who takes care of the naughty. It is a demon furry who comes to punish those who misbehave. These congratulations were intended for the children.
3 – Tubers
In winter we tend to eat many tubers as they have a flavor that we all love. Perhaps there will come this card. In addition to wearing a monocle to emphasize the holiday.
4 – Proof of the pudding
You should never trust a dessert anthropomorphic out of the pot. It is normal that this woman is a bird with the head of a blackbird be surprised. Although today most bake our desserts in the microwave or in the oven, the housewives victorian had to boil their desserts for hours.
5 – Rat with lobster
A large table is a sign of a great christmas. If you have the money to do this, you will be able to afford to buy a lobster but, how are you going to get it? A rider rodent could be the best way to deliver it.
6 – Frog dancing with a beetle
At christmas time we must be more united than ever and this also includes amphibians and insects. In this card we see a frog next to a beetle dancing on the beach.
7 – Blackbird dead
The blackbirds are a basic element of the cards. However, it is difficult for designers to imagine a card with the blackbird dead and lying down. With this card they try to force us to have a merry christmas as everything will be better than contemplate our own death.
8 – native Oyster
During Christmas, we think of those who cannot be with us. This greeting is intended to remember those absent friends. Although in reality it is not clear as to its message, perhaps it is related to the poem of Lewis Carroll’s “The Carpenter and the Walrus”, which presents the way of the oysters to their death.
9 – bear Hug
This card wants to give you the best bear hug possible, using a real bear. What is embracing in such a way that it seems to crush the life. However, the message of this card, as others in this list, is lost.
10 – Birds sad
We have already seen the blackbird dead. Here we can see him in a pose more light. His red breast way a vest and appears as a bird kind. This greeting defines the ideal victorian knight charitable.
Now that you have seen these congratulations you can understand the great difference between the congratulations of old and of today, you can decide which you prefer. I think that the current are more beautiful and inspiring.