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Birthday Cards

Birthday Cards

  • Place of origin:

    England (printed and published)

  • Date:

    1968 (printed and published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Academy Cards (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 a blonde-haired girl in a red jacket holding a record on a blue background.

Place of Origin

England (printed and published)


1968 (printed and published)


Academy Cards (printer and publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Colour printed card

Marks and inscriptions

Wishing You a / HAPPY BIRTHDAY
Printed on the front of the card.

Here's wishing that / the happiness / You bring to everyone / Will be with you / this Birthday / And on many more / to come!
Printed message inside card.

To Jennifer / With love from . / Mrs Osbourne.
Handwritten message in blue ink inside the card


"Illustration of a classical building"
Text printed in red over the illustration. Printed on the back of the card in the centre.

Printed on the back of the card.


Length: 18.4 cm, Width: 11.7 cm, Width: 23.5 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 holding a record, an Academy Card, printed in England, given to Jennifer Leaver (nee Davies) in 1968 on her twelfth birthday




Colour printing

Subjects depicted



Children & Childhood; Greeting cards

Production Type

Mass produced


Museum of Childhood

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