Greeting cards, often sent as part of
holiday celebrations, became popular in Great Britain and the United States in the 19th
century. They gradually replaced letters due to improvements in printing technology and the
mail service in both countries. These ready-made cards served to help people share
well-wishes in the Victorian and Edwardian eras, when expressing feelings in person might be
seen as inappropriate. This collection contains examples of greeting cards to be exchanged
for various holidays, including Christmas, New Year's, and Valentine's Day, as well as
several examples of birthday cards. The Christmas and New Year's cards are notable in that
they often feature animals, flowers, fairies, or children rather than the wintry or
religious themes that are more common today.
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