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Original charming attractive Victorian New Years greetings card of a pretty young girl wearing a hat, holding a parasol

Original charming attractive Victorian New Years greetings card of a pretty young girl wearing a hat, holding a parasol


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Original charming attractive Victorian New Years greetings card of a pretty young girl wearing a hat, holding a parasol

Original charming attractive Victorian New Years greetings card of a pretty young girl wearing a hat, holding a parasol, beautiful summer flowers border (forget-me-nots, cornflowers, roses, wheat) The caption is "Wishing A Happy New Year", circa 1888, U.K "With love from Gladys" written on the reverse. The evidence of a slight bustle on the dress dates this card to circa 1888. Victorian Christmas cards often depicted nature and feature a variety of flowers that bloom from spring through to Autumn. While this may seem an odd choice for the wintry season, it helped to remind residents living by candlelight or gas-lit fixtures that sunnier days were ahead. The winter solstice takes place near Christmas and marks the shortest day and longest night of the year. Each new day after the solstice brings a little more sunlight to people living with the cold, dark reality of winters without electric lighting and efficient heating. Flowers also held special meaning in the 19th century and were used to convey specific sentiments and feelings. Kate Greenaway's “Language of Flowers” was first published in 1884 and helped codify and standardize the symbolic meaning of flowers that had been in use for centuries. According to Greenaway, blue violets signify “faithfulness, ” daffodils express “regards, ” lily of the valley connote the “return of happiness, ” and sweet pea indicates “delicate pleasures.” Source: wellesleyhistoricalsociety.org

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