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One of the oldest Christmas cards found at Bridwell Library

How is the above picture? It looks like traditional old picture that depicts the happiness of Christmas and New Year right?

Yes, it is one of the mass-produced Christmas cards, which is dated back more than 160 years. Now it is found to be preserved among the special collections of Bridwell Library, Southern Methodist University's Perkins School of Theology.

When the card was printed, in 1843, in some quarters of Victorian English society, there was a disagreement since the card displays a child having a sip from a glass of wine.

Actually the card was designed by John Calcott Horsley, a British narrative painter, at the demand of his friend Henry Cole, for sending the cards to friends at Christmas.

Around 1,000 copies of the card were printed but only about 10 cards are live in modern times. In 1982, Bridwell Library obtained this copy.

You can see that the card is hand-painted since the color was out-dated and the greeting card shows the wish, “A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to You.