Two Weeks

With two weeks to go until Christmas, here is a Victorian Christmas card from Nova Scotia in Canada.

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A Zeppelin for Christmas

Zeppelin_Christmas_postcard_1909Christmas postcard featuring Santa Claus using a zeppelin to deliver gifts. Copyrighted 1909.

This Christmas postcard, copyrighted in 1909, features a zeppelin. The airships were first flown commercially the following year, operated by German company Deutsche Luftschiffahrts-AG.

The image was created by American illustrator Ellen Clapsaddle (8th January, 1865 – 7th January, 1934).

A Jane Austen Christmas

Is anyone thinking about Christmas yet? I am!

May I draw your attention to these (real) gold and silver foil Christmas cards for sale, available to be shipped worldwide, featuring a Christmas quote from the final pages of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice:

Gold and White

Mr Darcy Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen Foil Christmas Card Sonya Heaney In the Past Zazzle Shop Gold Version 1

Silver with Brown Paper

Mr Darcy Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen Foil Christmas Card Sonya Heaney In the Past Zazzle Shop Silver Version 2

Gold with Grey Paper

Mr Darcy Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen Foil Christmas Card Sonya Heaney In the Past Zazzle Shop Gold Version 2

Silver and White

Mr Darcy Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen Foil Christmas Card Sonya Heaney In the Past Zazzle Shop Silver Version 1

And, if you’re not sure how shiny they’ll actually be in real life, here are some other Christmas cards from the same supplier I have bought in the past. (English Christmas cards and Ukrainian Christmas cards.)

English Christmas Cards Silver Sonya Heaney Zazzle Products

English and Ukrainian Christmas Cards Silver Sonya Heaney Zazzle Products

Christmas as a prisoner of war.

The Chungkai Camp was operated by the Japanese during World War Two, and prisoners – including soldiers from Britain and the Commonwealth – were made to work on the Burma–Thailand Railway.

This “Christmas card” is in the collection of London’s Imperial War Museum, and was created in either 1943 or 1944. It depicts Father Christmas in a loincloth, carrying a sack of presents through a bamboo fence.

It was very dangerous to make images while a prisoner in the camp. One prisoner, Jack Chalker, reported his sketches of camp life being discovered by a Korean guard. Chalker was beaten for days as punishment.

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Christmas cards from a warzone.

Christmas cards sent from Australian troops in the Second World War.

Australia entered the war at its start in 1939, and almost a million of the nation’s then 6.9 million population served in the armed forces.

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Vintage Ukrainian Christmas Card

Christmas is celebrated by Catholics and Orthodox Christians in the east of Europe in January. The 6th is Christmas Eve, and the time when the main Christmas meal is eaten.

Ukrainian artist Jacques Hnizdovsky created this card in the 1950s.

Hnizdovsky_Rizdvo3Jacques Hnizdovsky Christmas Card 1950s