» Play Quizzes
» Home Page
» Site Map
» Bingo History
» Bingo Words
» Celebrity Quiz
» Da Vinci
» Deal Or No Deal
» Father's Day
» Free Bingo
» Household Tips
» Mother's Day
» The Price Is Right
When Was The First Christmas Card Sent?
The History Of Christmas Cards
Who Invented The Christmas Card
In 1843 Sir Henry Cole, the first Director of the London Victoria and Albert Museum (originally called the South Kensington Museum until the name change in 1899), England, UK was credited as the inventor of the Christmas and New Year Card.
It was the custom of Sir Henry Cole to write cards with a Christmas letter message to his family and friends each year. He hit upon the idea of getting cards commercially printed with a Christmas message to save him time.
Who Designed And Printed The Original Christmas Card
Sir Henry Cole commissioned the production of 1000 printed cards which were designed and made by British painter John Calcott Horsley. He designed the card on a lithograph stone and then printed the cards onto a stiff cardboard and then hand coloured them.
The printing work was done by Jobbins of Warwick Court, Holborn, London and the colouring was done by a professional colourer called Mason using dark sepia. The publishing was done by Joseph Cundall at Summerly's Home Treasury Office, 12 Old Bond Street, London, which was owned by Sir Henry Cole. They also sold the surplus cards for one shilling. Unfortunately the card showed a child drinking a glass of wine and was criticised by many and was soon withdrawn from sale, though the idea of sending cards at Xmas time soon caught on. Its popularity was boosted because in the same year Charles Dickens wrote and published The Christmas Carol.
Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
What if the loss of a child was not every parent's worst nightmare?
Hamish and Alison wake to some awful news from the police banging at their door, but what if their trauma was only just beginning?
Read how this couple copes with their grief through to a terrifying ending.
Buried in Grief is my new novel, available in Paperback or Kindle and other devices.
Read the Opening Chapter for Free.
If you like this page and would like to easily share it with your friends and family please use the social networking buttons below:
What Did The First Christmas Card Look Like
The card picture depicted the poor being fed and clothed with a centre panel of a painting of a Victorian family enjoying a meal and a drink. The border of the card had woody, rustic border hung with ivy, grapes and vine leaves.
What Was The Printed Message On The Original Christmas Card
This first card had the printed message: A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to You.
Sir Henry Cole was born in 1808 and died in 1882. He was an assistant at the Public Records Office as well as a writer and publisher of books and journals using the pseudonym Felix Summerly. His writings were on the subjects of architecture and art. He founded The Journal of Design.
John Callcott Horsley was born in 1817 and died in 1903. He was a Royal Academician as well as a popular painter.
In 2005 one of the original Xmas cards was auctioned. It is thought that only 10 of the 1000 survive. It was purchased by Jakki Brown in Devizes who is the editor and co-owner of Progressive Greetings Magazine and the General Secretary of the Greeting Card Association. The card was sent to Miss Mary Tripsack.
On Saturday 24th November 2001 another of the original Christmas cards was sold at auction for £22,500. It was sent by Sir Henry Cole to his Granny and Auntie Char. It attracted a higher than expected bid because it was signed by Sir Henry Cole.
More Christmas trivia questions.
Automatically Add Us To Your Favourites Folder - Bookmark Us.
We are seeking fascinating facts to send to our twitter followers. If you would like to send us some then we will retweet it to our followers and include your @ name as a thank you, which can help you in turn get more followers. Just send it to the Uttertrivia Twitter account.
» Robert Burns
» St Andrews Day
» St Valentine
» Strike It Lucky
» Word Origins
» Celebrity Quiz
» Strike It Lucky
» Big Brother
» Rocky Balboa
» Deal Or no Deal
» Free Strike It Lucky Cash Prize Game