Las tarjetas navideñas
Henry Cole, en el año 1843, en Londres pidió que le imprimieran un diseño con un mensaje para todos sus familiares y amigos, y así, evitarse escribir cada una de las tarjetas. Desde entonces el diseño de diferentes mensajes y diseños evolucionó año tras año, utilizando diferentes tipos de papel, colores y frases. Hace ya diez años que del papel pasamos a la tarjeta electrónica animada, que es la manera más fácil de llevar en segundos y con un solo clic, mensajes y buenos deseos para la Navidad y Año Nuevo.
Las tarjetas de navidad no empezaron a utilizarse hasta la década de 1870,
aunque la primera de ellas se imprimió en Londres en 1846.
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Christmas card, 1885.
From Bonhams:A proof of the very first Christmas card, dating from 1843, showing a family eating Christmas dinner, went on sale at Bonhams with an estimate of £4,000 to £6,000. The sale took place on March 20 2007.
Price realized: £3,200.
This historic card was commissioned by Sir Henry Cole who had the card designed by his friend John C. Horsley, a well-known artist who also painted portraits of Prince Albert and Queen Victoria. He was an active public figure who had been a Captain in the Dragoon Guards, was involved in the introduction of the penny post, helped organise the Great Exhibition in 1851 and was a founder of the Victoria & Albert Museum.
One thousand cards of this first design were printed and sold at one shilling each (5p), but only around 20 are thought to have survived. Very few remain in private hands, the majority being in museums or public archives.
They sold from a shop at 12 Old Bond Street, the price of a shilling being the equivalent of an average weekly wage, making them the preserve of the moneyed classes.
This is one of the few uni-coloured proofs known of this card and was inherited from an elderly gentleman who was married to one of Sir Henry Cole's granddaughters.
Prior to the Christmas card people of a certain station would send each other signed calling cards at Christmas.
The image on this first Christmas card shows three generations of a family - thought to be that of Sir Henry Cole -tucking into a hearty Christmas meal. The message reads: `A Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year to You.'
Courtesy of Bonhams