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Picturing The Past: Library Has Christmas Card Collection

 

December 11, 2017

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A cousin from Candler, N.C. mailed this Christmas postcard to Miss Jerdie Pressley on Dec. 23, 1910.

The first Christmas card was created by Sir Henry Cole in England in 1843. Cole was looking for an efficient way to respond to hundreds of Christmas letters. He asked artist John Horsley to design a card containing three panels and a simple message. The outer panels pictured people caring for the poor, while the center panel showed a family Christmas celebration. He had a thousand copies printed.

Cole's peers liked the idea and soon began having their own Christmas cards designed and printed. The idea spread and anyone with the funds could purchase a Christ-mas card for a shilling each...



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