Fillers One hundred years ago

Christmas Cards and Calenders

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 25 November 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1322

That the habit of sending Christmas and New Year cards has not greatly declined, as some years ago seemed likely to occur, but has, on the contrary, rather increased, is probably due to the greater artistic merit of even the cheaper sorts of cards which can now be obtained. In this renaissance Messrs. Raphael Tuck and Sons (Raphael House, Moorfields, E.C.) have played the chief part, and we have again to call attention to the great excellence of their work. Among the calendars for the table, for the writing desk and for hanging, special mention may be made of a wall calendar exhibiting reproductions in sepia tint of pictures by Landseer, with appropriate quotations from Shakespeare. There are also flower wall calendars with quotations for each quarter, in one case from Shakespeare, in the other from Ruskin. Among the most artistic cards are the so-called platino-panel reproductions in black and white, resembling platinum photographic prints, of pictures, sporting pictures, landscape, or religious subjects. The cards in imitation of blue-and-white Wedgwood plaques, which we saw for the first time last year, reappear this year, and are among the most graceful and charming to be obtained. In the more brightly-coloured Christmas and New Year cards, the kind of card which a few years ago was practically the only one to be obtained, the patriotic and warlike spirit of the epoch is fully reflected, and one set of coloured drawings of the men of various regiments is appropriately printed on khaki-coloured paper. (BMJ 1900;ii:1576.)

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