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Birthday Card

1973 (printed)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

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.


Object details

Categories
Object type
Materials and techniques
Colour printed card
Brief description
Colour printed birthday card showing a girl wearing a white coat holding some flowers, printed by Academy in England, given to Jennifer Leaver (nee Davies), 1973.
Physical description
Colour printed birthday card showing a girl wearing a white coat, holding a muff of flowers. The background of the card is blue with pink flowers. Inside the card, the messages are printed and written.
Dimensions
  • Length: 18.4cm
  • Width: 9.5cm
  • When open width: 19cm
Production typeMass produced
Marks and inscriptions
  • 'Especially for You/ on your Birthday' (printed on front)
  • 'Birthday/Greetings/ for Someone/ Nice to/ Know' (printed inside)
  • 'With love/ Aunty Doris xx' (handwritten inside)
  • '1477 PRINTED IN ENGLAND 20'
Credit line
Given by Jennifer Leaver
Object history
One of 269 cards donated by Jennifer Leaver (nee Davies) that have been given to her on her birthdays from 1-18 from family and friends.
Subject depicted
Summary
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.
Collection
Accession number
B.593-2010

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Record createdMay 3, 2011
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