|Handmade Christmas card - Wilma Simmons 2017|
|Handmade Christmas cards - Wilma Simmons|
Have you ever wondered who sent the first Christmas card and when?
The first Christmas cards were commissioned by Sir Henry Cole and designed and illustrated by John Callcott Horsley in London in 1843. The first card had three panels - the centre showing a family celebrating with the outer panels depicting helping the poor.
The first edition of the cards were sold for 1 shilling each. In that era, that was expensive! The cards were sent by Penny Post introduced in 1840 as the first postal service in England that working class people were able to afford. Cards became popular in England and by 1870 they could be posted for a halfpenny if they were in unsealed envelopes.
|First Christmas Card 1843|
|Annie Oakley 1891|
If you are going to send Christmas cards, don't hesitate ... over the years the postal service hasn't become quicker, so this week is a good time to have your cards written and posted!
Tomorrow there will be a follow up : the first Christmas postage stamp.
Sources : https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Annie_Oakley_1891.jpg