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About this collection

John C. Horsley is credited with designing the first Christmas card in England in 1843. Other English-speaking countries adopted the idea, and the custom grew, particularly in the United States. This digital collection contains samples of Christmas greetings, including postcards, which were popular in the early 20th century, from our library collections. The format of the cards varies, some cards contain messages inside or on the back, others have the design and greeting on the front.

 
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