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c. 1880s - 1910s

16 Christmas cards you’d never dare to send

These Victorian-era cards depict a very different image of the holiday

(Original Caption) "Greetings to one and all" (Photo by  Rykoff Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
1910
A man in a bowler hat being robbed at gunpoint by Santa Claus.
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1900
A Christmas greeting card and die cut ornament.
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1900
Santa with an airship instead of a sleigh.
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1915
“His Dimples How Merry” illustration by William Roger Snow.
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1912
“Hands Up!”
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1885
Large die cut lithographic Santa Claus, from a Philadelphia lithographer.
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1910
A French Santa.
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1910
A French Santa.
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c. 1910
A beetle and frog dance.
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1880
A card stamped with the name of the S. Sliberman shoe store in Cohoes, N.Y.
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1900
A group of noisy, female suffragists wearing Edwardian dresses, and carrying whips, bricks, and pennants.
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1905
Santa Claus bringing the gift of a doll from another dimension. Printed in Germany.
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1908
A Christmas illustration.
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1910
Santa in white—”Vive St. Nicolas.”
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1885
Father Christmas arrives with a Christmas tree to the delight of the children in this Victorian greetings card, by J. Mansell.
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c. 1910s
A baboon conducts a primate orchestra.
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