Hereby presenting an excerpt from the book Christmas Cards and Their Chief Designers (1895) by Gleeson White. It tells the story of today’s Free Friday Vintage Coloring Page which is from a private Christmas card by G. Cave France.

“The origin of the Christmas card is, fortunately for its future historians, not lost in the mists of antiquity, that popular hiding place for all sorts of origins ; but as clearly fixed as Archbishop Usher’s date of Creation B.C. 4004, October 26, 4-30 p.m., with more trustworthy evidence to support it. In 1846, Sir Henry Cole (then plain Mr) suggested the idea of a specially designed
form of greeting to send to friends at Christmas. Mr J. C. Horrley, R.A., acting on the hint, produced a design of a trellis of rustic-work, in the Germanesque style, divided into a centre and two side panels.”

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Free Vintage Coloring page by G. Cave France

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