Victorian Easter Cards

babies hammering eggs

Hope you all had a happy Easter. I am pretty sure I ate my weight in chocolate. Is that bad? Anyway, today’s blog post is all about the bass. I mean, the Victorians. Those Victorians, what can I say about them? Plenty. Let’s do this.

The Victorians were noted for their moral solemnity. This is obvious in their photographs of yesteryear, as we’ve seen pics of Victorians all dressed up in various shades of black, while wearing poker faces. I do realise this is a massive generalisation about Victorians. But this is a blog post, not a thesis. Anyway, the Victorians just loved to send greeting cards. Yes. Yes, they did. And Easter was a good as time as any to send a card.

According to the Greeting Card Association we are sending more cards today than ever before-although not many of us sent out Easter cards. However, in the 1870’s and with the introduction of the halfpenny stamp made sending cards pretty affordable for everyone and it kind of became something of a craze. Oh, those crazy Victorians.

The Victorian Easter cards which were sent out were not overly religious but I have to admit, they were kind of weird. Looking at these cards, I have a lot of questions. I mean…A LOT. What do they mean? Why are the children naked? Why do they have hammers? Why do the bunny rabbits look kind of sinister and disinterested in equal measure? Is it even possible for a bunny to ride a chicken?

Easter card

Easter card

Easter card

I really don’t know what those Victorians were thinking. I must admit though, the cards are quite beautiful. Pictured below is my favourite one. What do you think it means? I think it means, ‘don’t be greedy’ or maybe ‘you’ve got egg on your face.’ Other interpretations are welcome. What do you think it means? I am looking forward to your egg-ceptional comments. Sorry, could.not. resist.

Easter card













  1. Fred · March 28, 2016

    Rabbits riding Roosters? Have to notify RSPCA

  2. Yvonne · March 29, 2016

    Veeerry interesting. (You’re too young to remember the TV show Laugh-in, I reckon.)

    • samdfb1 · March 29, 2016

      Yes-waaay too young ;). But have heard of it.

    • samdfb1 · March 29, 2016

      Thanks for the link! Funny! And of course veeery interesting. 😉

  3. samdfb1 · April 14

    Reblogged this on Life in London and commented:

    Happy Easter. This post is from last Easter. Enjoy!

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