Christmas card, 19th century. Museum no. 28890.8

Christmas card, 19th century. Museum no. 28890.8

A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Christmas card
Published by Eyre & Spottiswoode
Britain
19th century
Chromolithograph with gold stamping
Museum no. 28890.8

Girl walking down a lane to post a large pink envelope.

In 1840, the Social Reformer, Sir Rowland Hill, worried that many people could not afford the existing cost of postage and so introduced the Penny Post. For the first time letters were sent pre-paid, at the cost of the senter rather than the recipient. The Penny Post was a flat rate payment throughout Great Britain. Previously the cost increased incrementally with the distance the letter travelled. The lower cost encouraged many more people to use the postal service.

This card can be found in Print Room Box 3.