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Greeting card
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Title: Greeting card
Identifier: 995.1.95
Donor: Descendants of G. Dennys?
Item Date: 1800-1870
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Bradley Museum

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Description: A handmade cardboard greeting card with felt figure of lady with umbrella attached. Between felt layers of dress is a package of brown darning thread and a darning needle. Figure of lady made of orange and yellow felt with white lace. Pipe cleaner holds umbrella.

In the 1850s, the greeting card was transformed from a relatively expensive, handmade and hand-delivered gift to a popular and affordable means of personal communication, due largely to advances in printing, mechanization, and a reduction in postal rates with the introduction of the postage stamp. This was followed by new trends like Christmas cards. In the 1860s, companies like Marcus Ward & Co, Goodall and Charles Bennett began the mass production of greeting cards. _
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