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Birthday cards

Birthday cards

  • Place of origin:

    London (printed)

  • Date:

    1958 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Satchwell Smiths (printed)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    printed card

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Jennifer Leaver

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Jennifer Leaver has kept every single birthday card she ever received and she has given the Museum the first eighteen years worth. Jennifer was born in the mid 1950s and the collection provides a snapshot of the changing designs of cards during this period of change and development in the history of childhood. It is fascinating to observe different trends dependent on the age Jennifer was in each particular year. The cards demonstrate the interests of a girl growing up at this time, from cute and cuddly animals to parties and music.

Physical description

The card is folded in to four sections with a vertical spine and portrait opening. On the front is an illustration of a cartoon kitten driving a steam train. The train carries a selection of gifts. Inside the card, the train's carriages are shown filled with many more gifts with two more catoon kittens. There are printed and hand written messages in the card.

Place of Origin

London (printed)


1958 (printed)


Satchwell Smiths (printed)

Materials and Techniques

printed card

Marks and inscriptions

Happy Birthday / today's / your day - / and i'm rushing to you -
printed on the front of the card

Loads and loads of happiness... / to last you the whole year through!
printed inside the card

with love from / Uncle, auntie, Clive & Gillian / xxxx
hand written in blue ink on the back of the card.

Satchwell Smiths / London SE25 / g 6/9
printed on the back of the card


Width: 11.2 cm, Height: 13.8 cm

Object history note

One of 269 cards donated by Jennifer Leaver (née Davies) that have been given to her on her birthdays from 1-18 from family and friends.

Descriptive line

Colour printed birthday card for a 2 year old, with an illustration of a cartoon cat driving a train filled with presents. Printed / published by Satchwell Smiths, London, England, given to Jennifer Leaver (née Davies), 1958.


Children & Childhood; Greeting cards


Museum of Childhood

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