Card, Ink, Metallic thread
120 x 103 x 3 mm
Mr Straw's House, Nottinghamshire (Accredited Museum)
Christmas greeting card-booklet with a card cover and twelve pages of thinner card, held together by metallic thread. Front-coloured picture of snow covered fields and rocks. In the background is a row of trees. Around the picture is a frame formed from holly and mistletoe and the words Holly and Mistletoe At the bottom is the name of the publisher Griffith, Farran & Company. Inside-there are verses e.g. HOLLY AND MISTLETOE HANG high, hang high the Christmas holly, Hang high the merry Mistletoe! Drive far away dull melancholy, With mirth and laughter banish woe! Old Santa Claus is at the gate, With stocking full for young and old. The messenger of kindly fate ! Whate'er he touches turns to gold. The frozen earth lies cold and bleak, And pallid in its shroud of snow; Through leafless trees with hideous shriek, And icy chill the North winds blow. Yet heed them not. With many a shout Of gladness hush the tempest din. Though cruel winter reigns without, There's warmth of hearth and heart within ! C. Mainwaring Between the verses are drawings of winter scenes. Rear cover coloured picture of trees in the snow encircled y holly.