Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Compliments of the Season, Christmas Card 1870

A greetings plate stuck onto the inside front cover of George Buday's 'The Story of the Christmas Card' that was first published in 1954. 

Born in Hungary in 1907, Buday lectured on graphic design at the Franz Joseph University. After emigrating to Britain in 1937, he worked as a book illustrator and as an author. He was elected to the Royal Society of Painters-Etchers (RE) in 1953, and a fellow of the Society of Wood Engravers a year later. He died in 1990.

London's Victoria & Albert Museum holds some of Buday's own designs for Christmas Cards. 

Odhams Press, Long Acre, London

This rather strange 'Compliments of the Season' snowman card dates way back to 1870, and is my favourite of all the cards collected in Buday's slim 48 page book. 

This image was printed in black and white and measured just 5 x 8 cms, so it would be intriguing to know exactly what the original card looked like. 

Season's Greetings!

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