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Birthday Cards

Birthday Cards

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (printed)

  • Date:

    1967 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Valentine's of Dundee Ltd. (printer and publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour printed card

  • 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 birthday card showing a boy and a girl toast with glasses of champagne, surrounded by flowers and butterflies. Inside the card, the messages are printed and written on a paper insert.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (printed)


1967 (printed)


Valentine's of Dundee Ltd. (printer and publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Colour printed card

Marks and inscriptions

A Birthday Toast
Printed on the front of the card.

Cheers! / Hope it's the greatest / while it's here / And nice-to-remember - / All the year!
Printed inside the card.

I bought this card a week ago / so that I could not forget your / big day - Then I missed it. / - Sorry - N.
Handwritten in blue ink on the first inside page of the card.

with lots of love - from Aunty Nellie / + Uncle Arthur - / x x
Handwritten in blue ink on the inside page of the card.

Blue "V" with two small globes in front.

VALENTINE's / Dundee
Printed on the back of the card in the bottom right-hand corner

7966 01 / 18 / MADE IN GT. BRITAIN
Printed on the back of the card in the bottom centre.

"N" shape"

Printed on the back of the card in the bottom left-hand corner.


Length: 16.5 cm, Width: 11 cm, Width: 22 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 a girl and a boy making a toast with glasses of champagne made by Valentine's of Dundee, given to Jennifer Leaver (nee Davies) in 1967 on her eleventh birthday


Card; Paper


Colour printing


Children & Childhood; Greeting cards; Scotland

Production Type

Mass produced


Museum of Childhood

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