SET: Greeting, No Royal attribution, (Q.V. period), LONDON PARIS NEW YORK without Limited, Printed in Saxony, Christmas & New Year

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RTS easel and palette ARTISTIC SERIES TRADEMARK logo -- RAPHAEL TUCK & SONS -- LONDON ; PARIS ; NEW YORK -- DESIGNED AT THE LONDON STUDIOS AND PRINTED AT THE FINE ART WORKS IN SAXONY, COPYRIGHT, with or without ARTISTIC SERIES
dating note: Raphael Tuck & Sons became Limited (LTD) in 1895

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A HAPPY CHRISTMAS pink wild roses & 4 silver bells upper right, also on back 3 bells & roses
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A HAPPY CHRISTMAS pink wild roses & 4 silver bells upper right,  also on back 3 bells & roses
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oblong single fold heavy stock with 3 serrated edges
message inside left , inside right flap prepared for adherent photo of mansion
inside left:-eight line poem GROWING WITH TIME, LIKE BUDS THAT GROW THROUGH SPRINGTIME HOURS, AND BLOSSOMS AS THE SWEET DAYS GO TO SUMMER FLOWERS--HEARTS ONLY BEAT MORE TENDERLY AS YEAR DEPART! AND SO " A MERRY YULE TO THEE!" WITH ALL MY HEART!

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A HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO YOU at centre above verse between 4 boys above & 4 girls below
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A HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO YOU  at centre above verse between 4 boys above &  4 girls below
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die cut images of children in old style dress
verse below:-THE BLITHEST OF ALL CHRISTMAS DAYS BE THIS, DISCLOSING TO YOU FAIRY WORLDS OF BLISS

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A JOYFUL CHRISTMAS BE YOURS left, Mary & Jesus below star in stable, also on back with Mary seated on wall
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A JOYFUL CHRISTMAS BE YOURS left, Mary & Jesus below star in stable, also on back with Mary seated on wall
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oblong single fold
inside left :- TO FROM
inside right:- O THOU WHO BY LOWLY BIRTH HAST KNIT FOR EVER HEAVEN AND EARTH, THE VIRGIN'S SAVIOUR, AND THE VIRGINS SON: BREATHE IN OUR EVERY WORD AND THOUGHT. THE FILIAL PRAYER THYSELF HAS TAUGHT, AND AS IN HEAVEN ON EARTH THY WILL BE DONE.

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ALL CHRISTMAS HAPPINESS BE YOURS. robins in snowy rural scene, snow & birds also on back
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ALL CHRISTMAS HAPPINESS BE YOURS. robins in snowy rural scene, snow & birds also on back
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oblong single fold heavy stock with 3 serrated edges
message inside left , inside right:- flap prepared for photo or card,(Blackpool tower photo on this card)
inside left:-fifteen line poem A CHRISTMAS BLESSING I WOULD BEAR, AND ASK ALL GLADNESS FOR THY SHARE, ALL BEAUTIFUL AND JOYOUS BEAMS, ALL GOLDEN AND UNFADING GLEAMS, BUT NOT ALONE FOR CHRISTMAS DAY...CLOUDLESS RAYS!
note: signature very difficult to read

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A MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU above & right of watery rural inset, leafy design lower left
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A MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU above & right of watery rural inset, leafy design lower left
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back panel:- MAY JOY ABIDE ALL CHRISTMASTIDE above left of watery rural inset, leaves lower right
inside over both panels:-[SWEET IN WINTER TO REMEMBER WHAT A SUMMER SMILE CAN BRING MAY IT BRIGHTEN MID DECEMBER EVERY FEELING, EVERYTHING, rural landscape
comes PRIZE EXHIBITION DESIGN

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COUNTRY LIFE WISHING YOU A HAPPY NEW YEAR robin perched, head & breast seen through large perforation
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COUNTRY LIFE  WISHING YOU A HAPPY NEW YEAR robin perched, head & breast seen through large perforation
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oblong, thicker stock, single fold
inside left:- "O BIRD", I SAID, "I'VE MISSED THE POST!" WILL YOU CONVEY A WORD TO GREET SOME FRIENDS I VALUE MOST? HE ANSWERED"LIKE A BIRD!" BUT IF THE WORDS SOUND POOR AND THIN, YOU NEED NOT FEEL A DOUBT, HE'S BEEN AND PUT HIS CLAWSES IN, AND LEFT MY CLAUSES OUT!
inside right:-robin stands holding placard EXTRA SPECIAL. LATEST EDITION. ARRIVAL OF THE NEW YEAR.....ETC. ETC.
used 1891

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COUNTRY LIFE WISHING YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS robin perched, head & breast seen through large perforation
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COUNTRY LIFE  WISHING YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS robin perched, head & breast seen through large perforation
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oblong, thicker stock, single fold
inside left:- THAT LITTLE BIRD, WHOSE WHISPERED WORD IS SOMETIMES QUITE MALICIOUS, CONSENTS TODAY TO BEAR AWAY A GREETING MOST AUSPICIOUS. HE WISHES YOU A SKY OF BLUE, AND STILL SOME KINDLY FELLA TO SAY (IF SHOWERS SHOULD E'ER ENSUE) "COME UNDER MY UMBRELLA"
inside right:-robin stands holding umbrella ALLOW-ME, MISS!
used 1891

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GOOD LUCK in white on green horseshoe with holly sprig, 3 mounted huntsmen
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GOOD LUCK in white on green horseshoe with holly sprig, 3 mounted huntsmen
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die-cut single sheet, double fold, 2 serrated edges
inside centre top:- WITH ALL GOOD WISHES FOR A JOLLY CHRISTMAS FROM

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HAPPY MAY YOUR CHRISTMAS BE bluebirds of happiness perch on wild roses, flowers, & snow scene on back
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HAPPY MAY YOUR CHRISTMAS BE bluebirds of happiness perch on wild roses, flowers, & snow scene on back
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oblong single fold heavy stock with 3 serrated edges
message inside left , inside right flap has image of 2 pink wild roses stuck in
inside left:-eight line poem FEEL AND KNOW YOU THINK OF ME, AS KINDLY AS I THINK OF YOU, WHEN CHRISTMAS TIME SETS ROAMING FREE SO MANY GREETINGS SWEET AND TRUE, I MAY NOT MEET YOU FACE TOO FACE, BUT LOVING FANCIES ROUND YOU TWINE AND SOMEWHERE IN AERIAL SPACE, I FEEL YOUR THOUGHT RESPONDS TO MINE
note: artist signature very difficult to read

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H.M.S. PINAFORE on band of black sailors cap
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H.M.S. PINAFORE on band of black sailors cap
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die-cut, folded to give front & back flaps, stuck on thin cream card
inside :-A JOLLY CHRISTMAS TO YOU below two humanized fish dancing on their tales
used in 1890

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MANY A GOOD WISH(on both front flaps) 5 bluebirds-of-happiness above circular rural inset bordered by pansies, horseshoed below, marginal pansy design
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MANY A GOOD WISH(on both front flaps) 5 bluebirds-of-happiness above circular rural inset bordered by pansies, horseshoed below, marginal pansy design
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die-cut single sheet, 5 folds
inside centre top:- A HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO YOU
below:-WHILE GREY DECEMBER'S CHILLY FACE IS BRIGHTENED BY THE SUNNY GRACE OF CHRISTMAS, TAKE FROM ME ONCE MORE A HEARTFELT GREETING AS OF YORE

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MY LOVE AND A HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO YOU, boy sits on bank right, white blossom left, ribbons above & below
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MY LOVE AND A HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO YOU, boy sits on bank right, white blossom left, ribbons above & below
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oblong double fold to left centre & right flaps, many ribbons applique to front
inside:- both left & right flaps show stylised flowers & bluebirds of happiness
centre:-HERE'S TO DEAR OLD CHRISTMAS, WE WELCOME HIM AGAIN, WITH ALL THE FUN AND FROLIC THAT COMETH IN HIS TRAIN, AND WHEN HIS REIGN IS OVER, FOR YOU MAY THERE REMAIN A STORE OF JOY TO LAST YOU, TILL HE COMES AGAIN
back:- white daisies with yellow centres

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no front title, 3 gilt & glittered bells across 2 perforated flaps ivy around, embossed
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no front title, 3 gilt & glittered bells across 2 perforated flaps ivy around, embossed
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die-cut single sheet, 4 folds
centre back: top:-A HAPPY CHRISTMAS
below:-WHATEVER HOPES WITHIN YOUR BREAST ABIDE FOR JYS MOST NEW AND DEAR, MAY SWEET FULFILMENT COME WITH CHRISTMASTIDE AND ALL YOUR HOPES COME TRUE

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no front title, bullfinch perched among ivy more ivy on back of card above Tuck info.
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no front title, bullfinch perched among ivy  more ivy on back of card above Tuck info.
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oblong single sheet, single fold
inside centre:- WITH BEST WISHES FOR A HAPPY NEW YEAR

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no front title, head & shoulders of tartan clad man taking snuff
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no front title, head & shoulders of tartan clad man taking snuff
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die-cut, folded to give front & back flaps
inside left top:-A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU
below:-Scotsman dancing over swords
inside right top:- watery rural view
below:-FOR AULD LANG SYNE, MY FRIEND, FOR AULD LANG SYNE I STRETCH IN THOUGHT A KINDLY HAND TO TAKE A GRIP O' THINE....FOR AULD LANG SYNE

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no front title, ivy , geiko leaves & white camellia, ivy also on back
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no front title, ivy , geiko leaves & white camellia, ivy also on back
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on back of both side flaps: stylised birds flowers & butterflies
die-cut single sheet, single fold
inside centre top:- A HAPPY CHRISTMAS
below:-ALL THAT CHRISTMAS HAS OF PLEASURE, AND CONTENT, AND LOVE, AND SWEETNESS, AND OF EVERY DEAREST TREASURE - ALL I WISH YOU TO COMPLETENESS!

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no front title, ivy & white daisy with yellow centre, ivy around swallows over water on back
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no front title, ivy & white daisy with yellow centre, ivy around swallows over water on back
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die-cut single sheet, single fold
inside left:- WITH BEST WISHES FOR A HAPPY NEW YEAR.
inside centre top:- GOOD WISHES
below:-BE YOURS THE PUREST HAPPINESS THE HUMAN HEART CAN KNOW - ALL THAT CAN GLADDEN YOU OR BLESS....O'ER YOUR HEAD
inside right flap:-FAIR BE THY HOPES AND PROSPEROUS THY LIFE

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no front title, snowdrops & fern on right front flap, more on back of card above Tuck info.
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no front title, snowdrops & fern on right front flap, more on back of card above Tuck info.
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die-cut single sheet, double fold
inside back of both flaps stylised flowers & flying bird
centre back top:- BLITHE BE YOUR CHRISTMASTIDE
below:-BLOW WINTRY WINDS ACROSS THE EARTH AND BEAR MY THOUGHTS WITH THEE TO EACH AND EVERY CHRISTMAS HEARTH WHERE ABSENT DEAR ONE'S BE - AND WHISPER WORDS OF HOPE AND CHEER FOR ME INTO EACH LOVED ONE'S EAR

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no front title, snowy white & pale blue wollen bootee front & back
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no front title, snowy white & pale blue wollen bootee front & back
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die-cut, folded to give front & back flaps
inside left top:-WITH BEST WISHES FOR A HAPPY CHRISTMAS
below:-I REALLY THINK THEY'RE RATHER NEAT IN SOFTLY SHADED GREY'S AND BLUES THE LITTLE FOOT'S A LITTLE FEET. I WISH I STOOD IN BABIES SHOES! ONE MIGHT TRANSLATE THEIR MEANING SO, AND DO IT JUSTICE ON THE WHOLE: MAY TROUBLE TAKE YOU NOT IN TOW AND NOTHING HURT YOUR TENDER SOUL!
inside right:- seaside view

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no front title, white anemones & fern on left front flap, more on back of card above Tuck info.
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no front title, white anemones & fern on left front flap, more on back of card above Tuck info.
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die-cut single sheet, double fold
inside back of both flaps stylised flowers & flying bird
centre back top:- A HAPPY CHRISTMAS
below:-THERE IS NOTHING HALF SO DEAR AS THE THOUGHT OF CHRISTMASTIDE, THERE IS NOTHING HALF SO SWEET, THOUGH YOU SEARCH THE WHOLE WORLD WIDE. THOUGH ITS POWERS TRUE HEARTS CAN MEET, TIME AND SPACE WOULD ELSE DIVIDE.

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no front title, white & purple pansies in gilt wicker basket set in perforated window, more pansies above
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no front title, white & purple pansies in gilt wicker basket set in perforated window, more pansies above
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die-cut single sheet, single fold, embossed
inside back: top:- A HAPPY CHRISTMAS
below:-THOUGH CHRISTMAS COME WITH FOG AND COLD, AND THOUGH THE FROST BIND ALL THE LEA, AND DRIFTING SNOW THE FIELDS ENFOLD - YET SHALL OUR CHRISTMAS MERRY BE. FOR WHAT ARE FOG AND FROST AND SNOW TO HAPPY HEARTS WITH LOVE A-GLOW.

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THE BRIGHTEST JOYS OF CHRISTMASTIDE BE YOUR OWN on cream plaque surrounded by brown & pale yellow design, 4 circular insets of flying birds
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THE BRIGHTEST  JOYS OF CHRISTMASTIDE BE YOUR OWN on cream plaque surrounded by brown & pale yellow design, 4 circular insets of flying birds
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oblong card twice folded to give left & right back flaps
opens to show pink wild roses MAY YOUR HEART-BELLS CHIME AT CHRISTMAS TIME.
left flap:-"MY GOD I THANK THEE WHO HAST MADE,THE EARTH SO BRIGHT, SO FULL OF SPLENDOUR....RIGHT!
right flap:- I THANK THEE, LORD, THAT THOU HAST KEPT THE BEST IN STORE....KNOWN BEFORE

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THE RIVER below on front , A HAPPY NEW YEAR on back flap lilies-of-the-valley at base of tree, watery rural scene
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THE RIVER below on front , A HAPPY NEW YEAR on back flap lilies-of-the-valley at base of tree, watery rural scene
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die-cut single sheet, single fold
outside back:- watery rural scene with pollard willows

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VERY HAPPY MAY IT BE CHRISTMAS TIME TO THINE AND THEE, white fuchsia cascading down
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VERY HAPPY MAY IT BE CHRISTMAS TIME TO THINE AND THEE, white fuchsia cascading down
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oblong card , single fold
opens to show "CHRIST IS BORN" between various grasses
back:-A JOYOUS CHRISTMAS AND A GLAD NEW YEAR pink fuchsia cascading down

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WITH BEST CHRISTMAS WISHES bluebirds of happiness fly around white daisies, flowers & birds also on back
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WITH BEST CHRISTMAS WISHES bluebirds of happiness fly around white daisies, flowers & birds also on back
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oblong single fold heavy stock with 3 serrated edges
message inside left , inside right flap prepared for photo or card,
inside left:-fifteen line poem MAY CHRISTMAS COME IN GENIAL MOOD WITH SUNNY SMILES AND SKIES OF BLUE, AND MAY IT BRING FULL MEED TO YOU, OF ALL THINGS SWEET, AND FAIR, AND GOOD.
MAY CHRISTMAS COME WITH GOODLY CHEER....YOUR MEMORY DEAR!

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WITH BEST WISHES FOR A HAPPY CHRISTMAS on right flap, stylised wild roses round watery inset on left flap
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WITH BEST WISHES FOR A HAPPY CHRISTMAS on right flap, stylised wild roses round watery inset on left flap
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oblong single sheet, double fold
inside centre left :-two blue-tits perch on winter branch
right:-MY CHRISTMAS WISH WOULD CROWN THY WAY WITH EVERY DEAR DELIGHT, FOR THEE AND THINE I FONDLY PRAY - "OH, MAY THE YULE BE BRIGHT"

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WITH BEST WISHES FOR A HAPPY NEW YEAR bluebirds of happiness fly around pale blue daisies, flowers & birds also on back
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WITH BEST WISHES FOR A HAPPY NEW YEAR bluebirds of happiness fly around pale blue daisies, flowers & birds also on back
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oblong single fold heavy stock with 3 serrated edges
message inside left , inside right flap prepared for photo or card,
inside left:-eight line poem ANOTHER ACT OF LIFE IS PAST! AND OTHER SCENES ARE BROUGHT TO VIEW, MAY EVERY ONE THIS YEAR UNFOLDS BE SET IN ROSY TINTS FOR YOU! AND MAY WE EACH PERFORM A PART AND NEVER IN OUR EFFORTS PAUSE, TILL WE CAN FEEL THAT WE HAVE WON A MEED OF FAIR AND JUST APPLAUSE.

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WITH BEST WISHES lower right, white anemones over perforated window
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WITH BEST WISHES lower right, white anemones over perforated window
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die-cut single sheet, single fold to left & right flaps
inside left top :- A HAPPY CHRISTMAS
below:- WITH KINDEST REGARDS OF AN OLD TRIED FRIEND, AND THE VERY BEST WISHES A HEART CAN SEND

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WITH HEARTY GOOD WISHES in gilt across 2 perforated flaps ivy around
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WITH HEARTY GOOD WISHES in gilt across 2 perforated flaps ivy around
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die-cut single sheet, double fold to left & right flaps
inside centre top:-ALL HAPPINESS FOR CHRISTMAS
below:-CHRISTMAS PLEASURES DAY BY DAY BLOSSOM ROUND THY HAPPY WAY; MAKING STILL WHERE'ER THOU ART SUMMER ECHOES IN THY HEART

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