Vintage Christmas Cards
Published on November 26, 2010 by 4over4.com, in What's New
The first Christmas Card popped up in London in 1843. John Calcott Horsley created the first Christmas card which was petitioned by Henry Cole; neither of them would know the impact that they would cause!
The Christmas Card was created with lithography on stiff cardboard (5 1/8 X 3 ¼ inches) in dark sepia. The card itself was divided into a center with two side panels; one on each side. This Christmas Greeting Card was sold on the market for one shilling each; only 1,000 copies were made.
After this Christmas Card, the following year Christmas Card designs flourished- of course, these were referred to as picture-makers. But, it was not until Charles Goodall & Son took on the production of Christmas Cards that this truly became commercial. It was this firm (which also commissioned Mssrs. Marcus Ward & Co.) that produced lithographic prints for the masses. He took on four designs by C.H. Bennet to be printed lithographically.
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