A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year: Souvenir of the Colonial and Indian Exhibition. COLONIAL AND INDIAN EXHIBITION, W. HAGELBERG.

A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year…
A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year: Souvenir of the Colonial and Indian Exhibition.

Berlin: W. Hagelberg, 1886.

Colour printed card, 115 x 166 mm., with pull-out tab which opens a booklet of eight black & white scenes with captions;.

An ephemeral curio

Very scarce Christmas souvenir of the Colonial and Indian Exhibition of 1866, depicting scenes from the Empire including two scenes featuring Australian Aborigines: "Family of Victorian Aboriginals in Native Hut" and "South Australian Forest Scene".

Very scarce Christmas souvenir of the Colonial and Indian Exhibition of 1866, depicting scenes from the Empire including two scenes featuring Australian Aborigines: "Family of Victorian Aboriginals in Native Hut" and "South Australian Forest Scene".
Following the appearance of the first Christmas card in 1843 in England, Victorian society enthusiastically embraced the new fashion of exchanging cards. Souvenir cards such as this were collected for ladies' albums, and it is because of that hobby that these ephemeral curios have survived. This rare example was printed by Wolff Hagelberg, one of Europe's leading fine art printers. Hagelberg owned a large colour printing company in Berlin which published books and a vast range of postcards and greeting cards. This example, produced specifically for sale at the Exhibition in South Kensington, would have been handled by his London representative, A. Angermann.
Early Christmas cards are very rare and highly sought-after, particularly any that illustrate Australian images.

Price (AUD): $875.00  other currencies     Ref: #3211639

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