Published by Eyre & Spottiswoode
Museum no. unregistered
Card showing a sailor attaching holly to the mast.
Holly is widely used in seasonal domestic decoration. For devout Christians, the red berries and sharp thorns were decorative devices as well as reminders of the Crucifixion. In the pagan tradition, holly was used to repel witches and evil spirits. From the 1840s onward, holly is often paired with mistletoe on greetings card designs. Before the advent of the Christmas card, it was commonly found on seasonal stationery and letterheads.
This card can be found in Prints and Drawings Study Room box EDUC 3.