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Drunken robins, oysters and sailors: 24 cards of Christmas past

Some of these cards collected by the National Library are over a century old – but show that even the Victorians could be gaudy and bawdy in their festive celebrations.
Dec 24th 2011, 10:15 AM 2,720 2

DESPITE THE ADVENT of e-cards and social media, the Christmas card has not yet gone the way of the handwritten letter.

The National Library of Ireland has been celebrating this fact by releasing a series of Christmas cards sent by or created by famous historical or artistic figures. Enjoy browsing – and a very happy Christmas to you.

All cards from collections at the National Library of Ireland

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Susan Daly

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