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Birthday Cards

Birthday Cards

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (printed)

  • Date:

    1967 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Mason's (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 card showing red roses and foliage on a grey background, and a single rose on the inside page. The card is made from a single sheet of thin card folded into quarters.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (printed)


1967 (printed)


Mason's (printer and publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Colour printed card

Marks and inscriptions

A Happy / Birthday
Printed on the front of the card

Because you're / very friendly, / May friends be / always near, / And may they make / your Birthday, / The best day / in the year.
Printed inside the card

To, Jennifer / With Love / From Mrs Johnson
Handwritten in blue ink inside the card.

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

'Silhouette of a cow's head with horns inside a star shape.'

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


Length: 15.7 cm, Width: 10.8 cm, Width: 21.4 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 bunch of pink roses, a Mason's Alpha card, prionted in Great Britain, given to Jennifer Leaver (nee Davies) in 1967 on her eleventh birthday




Colour printing

Subjects depicted



Children & Childhood; Greeting cards

Production Type

Mass produced


Museum of Childhood

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