Folding floral card with fringe, ca. 1880's
Though elaborate, this card is still relatively sedate in comparison to the strained novelty of later cards. In 1894, White writes of card design: "Now-a-days, from frosted surfaces to fringed edges, from perforated cardboard to pieces of brown paper, old cigar ends, and rubbish of all sorts-its catholicity is unbounded."
Front: I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Inside: A Merry Christmas A Merry Christmas When friends are nearest, When joys are dearest, Oh! then remember me!