Christmas Cracker & Card history
at the Victoria and Albert Museum
Mottoes and Jokes
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Cracker contents, such as paper hats and toys from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
"This card is a reproduction of an 1843 card, commissioned by Sir Henry Cole, the Museum’s first director. It combines two traditional Christmas themes. The central illustration shows three generations of a family raising a toast to the recipient of the card, and the outer, less colourful images show acts of charity, and giving to the poor."