Christmas in Victorian and Edwardian cards

Kittens, suffragettes and goblins – these were the among of stars of Christmas cards sent more than a century ago in Victorian London.

One card from 1890 promotes tea drinking instead of the ‘hollow joys of strong drink’, while another shows a sinister-looking goblin.

From the 20th century, the collection at the Museum of London includes pro-suffrage cards, which champion voting rights for women.

Beverley Cook, social and working history curator, said: ‘There are parallels with the tastes of today, but there are also festive oddities.’

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