All kinds of birds flutter across the Victorian Christmas and New Year card.
The English robin takes pride of place on cards of the 1860s and 70s, perhaps because of its long association with folklore and legend.
Exotic birds from the nations of the world graced the cards, bringing vibrant and exciting colours to enliven the dull and cold winter days.
In late Victorian times it became fashionable to wear whole stuffed birds as decoration on hats. This was soon followed by a movement to ban such practices.
In the early part of Victorias reign there was a vogue for lavishly illustrated books about the new and exotic birds which were being brought back to England by sailors and naturalists.
The transformation of these wild creatures into pets, that became members of the family or companions, combined with the joys of teaching parrots, macaws and other cherished birds to talk, captivated the imagination of the Victorians.
|Albums & Scraps|
|Saint Valentines Day|
|Easter & Fairyland|
|Christmas & New Year|
|Home||Contact||Site Map||Links||Ephemera Events|
Copyright © 2015 Malcolm Warrington. All Rights Reserved.