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The first Christmas card is believed to have been designed, in England by the painter John Callcott Horsley, in 1843. He created the greeting for Sir Henry Cole. The card, a triptych, depicts a family party, beneath them are the words “A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to You.” A thousand copies were made and colored by hand. “Within 20 years several British firms were publishing Christmas cards for the general public.” Encyclopedia Americana - (Greeting Cards) Louis Prang, a Boston lithographer, “is credited with producing the first commercial Christmas cards in the United States.” A German immigrant he began printing cards in “Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1874. By the 1880s he was producing more than five million a year.” Encyclopaedia Britannica - (Christmas Card) The NYPL Digital Gallery contains over 800 images of Christmas postcards primarily from the Picture Collection of Mid-Manhattan, as well as other collections. Search for “Christmas Postcards” or “Christmas Cards”… Happy Holidays to All…or should I say “A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to You.” first-christmas-card.jpgWikipedia

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