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Victorian and Edwardian Greeting Card Collection, ca.1850-1910Save to your list. | Special Collections & Archives

Title: Victorian and Edwardian Greeting Card Collection, ca.1850-1910Save to your list.
ID: SC/VEGC
Extent: 0.42 Linear Feet
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Greeting cards, often sent as part of holiday celebrations, became popular in Great Britain and the United States in the 19th century. They gradually replaced letters due to improvements in printing technology and the mail service in both countries. These ready-made cards served to help people share well-wishes in the Victorian and Edwardian eras, when expressing feelings in person might be seen as inappropriate. This collection contains examples of greeting cards to be exchanged for various holidays, including Christmas, New Year's, and Valentine's Day, as well as several examples of birthday cards. The Christmas and New Year's cards are notable in that they often feature animals, flowers, fairies, or children rather than the wintry or religious themes that are more common today.
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