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Antique Christmas cards are vintage collectables

November 23rd, 2007 · 2 Comments

The introduction of the lithographic process and other improved printing techniques meant that by the 1850s, beautifully illustrated multi-coloured Christmas cards were winging their way around the country by the sackful. Why not collect them?

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Tags: Christmas · Collectables · Ephemera

All I want for Christmas is a pop-up book

November 8th, 2007 · 2 Comments

Time was when the must-have Christmas present for children and adults alike was a magical book like the ones illustrated here. In their own way, they were the Victorian equivalent of the Game Boy — and they didn’t need batteries. They are mechanical or metamorphic books, designed to be interactive, their pages changing as the story develops, all at the whim of the reader.
Today’s collectors call them “pop-up books”, a catch-all term that covers a multitude of elaborate and innovative three-dimensional and other designs that remain as captivating today as they were a hundred years ago.
Actually, mechanical books have a long history.

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Tags: Books · Christmas · Juvenalia

Money on trees

July 27th, 2007 · No Comments

Congratulations! Now, stand back and admire your handiwork. You manoeuvred the ladder up to the loft, you scrambled around in the dust and cobwebs, you found the old suitcase containing the Christmas decorations and the tree looks fabulous. But stop and take another look. Those baubles, knickknacks and trinkets that you remember when you were […]

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Tags: Christmas · Collectables · Collecting · Juvenalia

Pull a cracker this Christmas – thanks to Victorian baker Tom Smith

December 24th, 2005 · 1 Comment

by Christopher Proudlove© Español | Deutsche | Français | Italiano | Português <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisp/73547434/” title=”   What do you get when you walk under a friendly cow? A pat on the head. What’s a dentist’s favourite musical instrument? A tuba toothpaste. Jokes as bad as these – and worse – will spill out over dining […]

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Tags: Christmas · Collectables · Ephemera