Christmas cards have a fascinating history. From their first appearance in the 1840s, they quickly became a central element of the Christmas season, with images that demonstrate a complex mix of religious history and secular tradition. In the 20th century, cards have been the vehicle for more stylistic innovation, while traditional designs continue to prove surprisingly resilient. Art historian Dr Patricia Andrew takes us through the history of the Christmas card from its beginnings to the present day, with thoughts on the future of this enduring custom.
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The Christmas Card: History, Images and Symbols
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