The popularity of greeting cards rose over the nineteenth century as changes were made to Britain’s postal service.
While Easter cards aren’t as commonly posted in Britain anymore, they are still a big part of the holiday in some other parts of Europe.
Some of the funnier cards are below. The Jewish one in particular is very confusing (why does one of the chickens have a bandaged foot and a walking stick?), while some of the others are simply creepy to modern eyes!
The British Museum’s A History of the World in 100 Objects has been on loan to the National Museum here in Canberra for a while, and we finally got to it on the weekend.
I was pretty unimpressed with the idea “the world” apparently doesn’t include huge sections of it (they couldn’t manage anything from the huge Slavic societies of the east of Europe, nor huge sections of other continents, but a handful of countries are seriously overrepresented?).
However, being as crazy about the Victorian era as I am, here is a stoneware and silver English tea set from the early 1840s that is part of the exhibition. Oddly – and for the BRITISH Museum – it is about the only thing representing the British Empire, and the only thing from 19th century Britain.