The History of Leith

May 23, 2007

Yuletide Cards

In 1841, Charles Drummond, a Leith printer and publisher produced what is thought to have been the first ever Yuletide card in Britain, and sold it from his shop in the Kirkgate. The idea had come from his friend Thomas Sturrock of Trinity, and the card showed a smiling, chubby cheeked boy with the greeting: ”A Gude New Year and mony o’ them.’ The first distinctive Christmas Card was produced in London two years later, and with the Victorian emphasis on Christmas, it became one of the great annual festivals. It also brought a revival of popularity in Edinburgh after its relative obscurity following the Reformation in the sixteenth century

Source-The Scottish Printing Archival Trust

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