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  • Place of origin:

    Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1960-1972 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Lithography on card, embossed gold foil on die cut card

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Janet Mayer

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case GG, shelf 228

Physical description

Rectangular folder card (portrait format). Front: colour printed illustration of a birthday cake witha black cat peering out from behind, lettered within the design 21st / Birthday / Telegram reversed-out in white on the side of the cake. Inside: colour printed illustration of a crowd of people raising glasses of champagne in a toast and a motorcycle postman with an armful of telegrams, lettered with verse printed in blue, telegram greeting text printed on 4 strips of paper pasted inside, gold embossed door key lettered GOOD / LUCK. Back: colour printed illustration of a black cat, postmarked WOOD GREEN / 18 MAY.72, 2 strips of telelgram text pasted on back.

Place of Origin

Britain (made)


1960-1972 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Lithography on card, embossed gold foil on die cut card


Height: 21.1 cm, Width: 18.7 cm

Descriptive line

21st birthday telegram, Britain, 20th century.


Printing ink; Card



Subjects depicted

Candles; Keys; Cats; Cakes; Drinking; Figures


Greeting cards; Ephemera


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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