Giving new life to old Christmas cards
Last updated 12/28/2006 at Noon
An Englishman, Sir Henry Cole, is credited with the idea of the first commercial Christmas card. In 1843 he commissioned London artist John Calcott Horsley to work on the design. The end result was a card that portrayed a party of adults and children drinking and making merry. The card read: “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you.”
The British Temperance Movement criticized the card and thought the holiday revelers featured on the card were making a little too merry. However, a tradition was born and now cards around the world convey “Merry Christmas” in many ways. If you are...