The Cole Horsley Card
The Worlds first commercial Christmas card
One thousand copies were published by Joseph Cundall, the mid 19th century children’s and illustrations publisher, and sold in 1843, at Felix Summerlys Home Treasury Office at 12 Old Bond Street, London, England for six pence each coloured.
Coles card is about the size of an ordinary postcard. Trellis work and garlands of ivy create a rustic frame for a kind of triptych. The side panels depict the charitable acts of clothing the naked and feeding the hungry, whilst the middle part shows a happy family gathering, drinking a toast to Christmas and the New Year. Good works and good eating and drinking, the two elements of a Victorian Christmas, make their appearance together on this first card.
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