Christmas cheer from 1875

I thought you’d like to see some Christmas cards from our William Boyd Dawkins archive here at the museum. Some of them date back to 1875.

Christmas card sent to William Boyd Dawkins in 1875

William Boyd Dawkins (1837-1929) was Curator of Natural History at Manchester Musum from 1869 until he retired in 1908. He undertook pioneering work on early humans in Britain (especially at Creswell Crags), coal deposits and was even commissioned to produce some plans for the Channel Tunnel in 1882.

He obviously liked Christmas and kept his favourite Christmas cards in a album which is now in the archive which accompanies his collection here at the Manchester Museum. See more cards on Flickr.

This card shows a cartoon of a hippo, elephant, wooly rhino and wooly mammoth all of which lived in the last Ice Age. William Boyd Dawkins was a pioneer of the study of the animals of the Last Ice age mostly at Creswell Crags and Windy Knoll, Derbyshire.

This card, from 1880 shows a cartoon of a hippo, elephant, wooly rhino and wooly mammoth all of which lived in the last Ice Age

This Christmas card sent to William Boyd Dawkins 1912, shows a cartoon of Australopithecus an early himinid

Happy Christmas everyone!

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4 Responses

  1. Hi David

    These are fantastic – thanks for sharing them with us. Do you know if the dinosaur/cavemen cards were handmade especially to send to Boyd Dawkins, or was paleontology so popular back then that there was a market for them to be made commercially?

    Suzanne

  2. Hi David,
    These are great pieces of social and museum history, and all hand done! as you say a very differant age. Thanks for sharing them with us, how many cards are there in total? and do we know anything about the people who sent them?

    Best Michael

    • Hello Michael,

      There are about 10 cards in all mostly from his firends I think. I’d like to do a bit more investigating, but they don’t seem to be from anyone of note.

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