Greeting card

1940 (published)


height: 11 cm, width: 13.5 cm

B.417-2012 MoC

Greeting card celebrating the brith of Christopjer John Mead 1/5/1940, English, 1940

A folded card made of a stiff cream paper, possibly parchment. A ribbon is tied around it at the crease. The front centre is a image of a baby laying on a pillow and covered in a quilt. There is a decorative scroll either side, and a floral pattern around it. It is hand tinted in blue and pink. The text on the front reads 'Best Wishes to you and baby..' The inside of the card reads 'May this great gift which now has come to you Bring joys unending, all lifes journey through. Its just a little blessing All life's biggest joys expressing'. Underneath hand written is: 'from J and A Woods, 40 Larkfield way'. On the back of the card, bottom left is embossed 'Pontopronts, made in Scotland'.

A small collection of cards, telegrams and advertising material sent to the donor’s mother to celebrate the birth of her son Christopher John Mead born 1/5/1940. The messages in the cards are brief but it gives a small insight into family life. The telegram message from Uncle Ernest reads: 'Up the Reds' as they are a family of red heads. Greeting cards to celebrate birth were available but usually only sent by close family members. The telegrams by nature are brief; these were mostly used as emergency communication but also to celebrate events such as a birth. There is some advertising material relating to baby goods, which may have been given out with the telegrams. This child was born at the beginning of the Second World War but probably not at a point that materials were in short supply. Greeting cards have existed in many cultures during the past few hundred years but it was really in the 1850s that they gain popularity, as rather than being hand crafted one off pieces they were mass produced and cheaply available and the introduction of the postage stamp made the postal service more reliable. They saw another increase in the manufacture of cards in the 1930s with the introduction of coloured lithography.

Given by Stephen Mead

Location: In Storage

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