Gee Whillickers!

The First Christmas Card

The world’s first Christmas card was designed and printed in London, England, by J. C. Horsley in 1843 (the same year that Charles Dickens penned A Christmas Carol). One thousand copies were lithographed and sold for one shilling each.

The card was about the size of an ordinary postcard with the outer edges framed in trellis work and ivy. Artwork on the sides of the card depicted the charitable acts of “clothing the naked” and “feeding the hungry,” while the middle showed a happy family, drinking a toast to Christmas and the New Year.


Vocabularama!

Orphans, widows and rivers?

Sounds like a tragedy. Well it is, but not the kind you’re thinking of. These three words are all no-nos in the typesetting aspect of graphic design.


The Word on the Street!

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