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Greetings card - For Freedom, Hearth and Home

For Freedom, Hearth and Home

  • Object:

    Greetings card

  • Place of origin:

    Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1914 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    lithography on card, embossing, paper-lace, fabric applique

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr. Raymond E. de la P. Maddison

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case EDUC 3

Though war would seem to be totally opposed to the spirit of goodwill, generosity and peace promoted at Christmas, the number of Christmas cards sent increased dramatically during the First and Second World Wars. Soldiers were separated from their families and friends and the emphasis on the joy and goodness of Christmas became all the more pronounced. Many wartime greetings cards focused on warm scenes of hearth and home of the kind they would be missing. This quaint domestic scene featuring the family cat by the fireside typifies cards of this era. These same scenes were just as nostalgic for the wives, children and elderly coping with loneliness and the discomforts of rationing at home.

Physical description

Greeting card with cut paperwork borders, scalloped borders on three sides and an illustration depicting a cat sitting by the fireside.

Place of Origin

Britain (made)


1914 (made)



Materials and Techniques

lithography on card, embossing, paper-lace, fabric applique

Marks and inscriptions

'Sweet Remembrances for the Past./ Kind Thoughts for the Present./ Good Wishes for the Future./ Xmas 1914/ And every Good Wish/ for/ Christmas and New Year./ From/ The Misses Manton/ 30 Frederick Street/ W.C.'
Inscription inside card


Height: 9 cm, Width: 11.7 cm

Descriptive line

'For Freedom, Heart and Home'. Greeting card, colour lithograph, Britain, 1914.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1952. London: HMSO, 1963.


Paper; Ink; Cord; Card


Lithography; Embossing; Applique

Subjects depicted

War; Cat; War; Home


Prints; Christmas; Greeting cards


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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