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Birthday card

Birthday card

  • Place of origin:

    England (printed)

  • Date:

    1972 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Mason's (manufacturers)

  • 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 depicting a bunch of flowers, with a prominent red rose, with a pop-up bunch of flowers inside, with messages printed on the front, inside and hand written on the back.

Place of Origin

England (printed)


1972 (printed)


Mason's (manufacturers)

Materials and Techniques

Colour printed paper

Marks and inscriptions

Printed on front of card.

'Days go by so quickly / But though / this wish is late / Want to say / I hope your day / Was absolutely great!'
Printed inside card.

'Dear Jennifer. / So sorry that I didnt / send to you on the right day. / Love from / Mrs... (indecipherable)'
Hand written on back of card.


Height: 16 cm, Width: 11 cm closed, Width: 22 cm open

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 depicting a bunch of flowers, with a prominent red rose, with a pop-up bunch of flowers inside, printed in England by Mason's. Given to Jennifer Leaver (nee Daives) on her sixteenth birthday.




Colour printing; Folding (process); Cutting (dividing)


Children & Childhood; Greeting cards

Production Type

Mass produced


Museum of Childhood

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