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Victorian Valentines

Are you looking forward to Valentine’s Day? I ask because this is one of the few holidays the mention of which is as likely to be met with a snort of derision as a sigh of anticipation. As Valentine’s Day is often accused of being a so-called ‘Hallmark holiday’, invented (or at least perpetuated) by […]

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Christmas in the Factory

The countdown has begun. The tree is up (come in to the Museum and see it, it’s incredible), the Christmas scones are available in the staff canteen and the Christmas cards are being handed around the office. The cards. The V&A holds the national designated collection of greeting cards. Part of this is a sterling […]

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Christmas Wishes and New Year Cheer with V&A Christmas Cards

There are 30,000 cards – and counting – under the one roof of the Print Room at the Victoria and Albert Museum, where visitors can study examples ranging from 18th century Valentine’s to present day cards covering all occasions. The majority of the collection, mostly Christmas cards (approx 15,000), was acquired by the Museum from […]

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Unseasonal Greetings

Did you know that the V&A’s Word and Image Department holds a large collection of greetings cards? Browsing through these on Search the Collections can certainly get you into the holiday spirit. You will, of course, spot holly, mistletoe, beautifully decorated trees, and more than a few presents. But perhaps at Christmas time, the usual […]

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A Trip to the Moon

On Friday ‘ES’ the colour supplement that accompanies the London Evening Standard included a feature of what to buy for Christmas. Among its recommendations was a page of Christmas cards one of which was the V&A’s ‘Snow Ballet’ shown above. The card shows a ballet scene from Voyage dans la lune or Trip to the Moon, originally by Mms. Leterrier, Vanloo and Mortin, with music by Jacques Offenbach and choreography by Henri Justamant. It was one of the most successful ‘opéra-féerie’ created in Paris. Premiered on 28 October 1875 at the Gaîté Théâtre it quickly became an international hit. Translated …

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