In Archives & Collections we hold several volumes of Victorian postcards. Some of the volumes are scrapbooks and include examples of Valentines and Easter greetings, plus general cuttings from printed material and magazines. A few of the volumes are dedicated to Christmas and New Year cards alone.The cards shown here come from a volume of mainly Christmas and New Year cards collected by a Gertrude Tomkinson. The album they’re housed in was a gift to her from her parents in August 1883. Inside she assembled the cards she received over the next few years. Gertrude recorded who they were from, and seems to have given a lot of thought as to how to arrange them as they are often grouped either by card series or by subject. This series here show a comical conductor: There are many cards in the volume which open in pretty and unusual ways. There are some which are in pretty shapes featuring the unusual. And then a few which are just unusual. (There’s not a Father Christmas in sight!) For more digitised cards, see here:
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Archives & Collections!