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Birthday Cards

Birthday Cards

  • Place of origin:

    England (printed)

  • Date:

    1967 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Rust Craft (printer and publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour printed paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Jennifer Leaver

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This birthday card, one of a group of 269, was given to and kept by Jennifer Leaver (née Davies). The cards were given to her by a range of relatives and friends and span from 1957 to1975 - the dates of her first to her eighteenth birthday.
Jennifer was born in 1957 and the cards reflect progression of typography, imagery and graphic styles for birthday cards, spanning over three decades.

The cards also reflect the changing and age appropriate imagery chosen by greetings card companies as well as the choices made by those who selected and sent the cards to Jennifer as she grew older.
Some of the earlier younger cards commonly show childish scenes often including illustrated baby animal characters, whereas later cards reflect perceived changes of interest for a growing girl such as images of flowers, fashions and music.

Physical description

Colour printed card with an illustration showing two black and white kittens and three brown kittens sitting in and around a basket with pink flowers and butterflies. The card is formed from a single sheet of paper folded into quarters.

Place of Origin

England (printed)


1967 (printed)


Rust Craft (printer and publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Colour printed paper

Marks and inscriptions

Hope That Your Birthday / Is Lots Of Fun...
Printed in the top right-hand corner on front of the card.

If Wishing / can do it - / consider it done!
Printed on the inside of the card.

To Jennifer / With lots of / love, / Auntie Bessie
Handwritten in blue ink on the inside of the card.

Paint pallette with an R in the centre and a rose through the thumb hole.

Rust Craft logo printed on the back of the card.

10BG 154-2 / Copyright / Printed in England
Printed on the back of the card in the bottom right-hand corner.


Height: 13.1 cm, Width: 8.9 cm, Width: 17.6 cm opened

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 card with an illustration of kittens sitting in and around a basket, given to Jennifer Leaver (nee Davies) in 1967 on her eleventh birthday




Colour printing

Subjects depicted

Basket; Kittens


Children & Childhood; Greeting cards

Production Type

Mass produced


Museum of Childhood

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