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Greetings card

  • Place of origin:

    Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1918-1914 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gravure process print on card

  • Museum number:

    E.396-2008

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case GG, shelf 68, box G

By the early 20th Century single sheet greetings in postcard or visiting card format had overtaken folder cards in popularity as they were cheaper to post. Though this tiny card is a folder, the orientation of the images on the two halves suggest it may have been designed to send flat. A ban on Christmas cards to conserve supplies of paper was mooted during the First World War but the idea was abandoned in the interests of maintaining the troops' morale.

Physical description

Small rectangular (landscape format when folded, gentleman's vising card size) folder in cream card with design printed in sepia. Top half: scene depicting soldier from a Scottish regiment holding a rifle with fixed bayonet, standing in a forest clearing by moonlight, the whole scene framed in a border ornamented with thistles. Bottom half: legend 'Yours always' within a border ornamented with holly and mistletoe and an artillery piece.

Place of Origin

Britain (made)

Date

1918-1914 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Gravure process print on card

Marks and inscriptions

'Yours always'
Lettered within the design, printed in sepia

Dimensions

Height: 9.5 cm open, Height: 4.8 cm folded

Descriptive line

Greetings card, gravure process print on card, World War I, 1914-1918.

Subjects depicted

Artillery pieces; Rifles (long guns); Holly; Thistles; War; Mistletoe; Soldiers; Forests

Categories

Greeting cards; Christmas

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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