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Background imageFestive Collection: The Allies of Santa Claus by Mabel Lucie Attwell

The Allies of Santa Claus by Mabel Lucie Attwell
Two little girls slumber on a window sill as the elvish helpers of Father Christmasm sprinkle fairy dust in order that he may deliver presents. Date: 1919

Background imageFestive Collection: Illustrated London News Christmas number cover, 1904

Illustrated London News Christmas number cover, 1904
A beautiful fairy with wings, looks thoughtful as she gazes out to the sea and starry sky. Front cover of The Illustrated London News Christmas Number 1904. Date: 1904

Background imageFestive Collection: Fat Geese! by Lawson Wood

Fat Geese! by Lawson Wood
A cheeky young lad chuckles to himself after placing a sign for fattened geese on the posterior of a rather plump lady who is herself choosing which goose to buy for her Christmas dinner. Date: 1909

Background imageFestive Collection: Father Christmas parachuting out of a plane

Father Christmas parachuting out of a plane
Father Christmas jumps out of an aeroplane using a parachute onto snowy rooftops. Who needs reindeer to deliver presents in the modern age? Date: 1932

Background imageFestive Collection: Santa caught by the tax inspector by H. M. Bateman

Santa caught by the tax inspector by H. M. Bateman
A rather surprised looking Father Christmas, who has arrived at the house of a tax inspector to innocently deliver toys on Christmas Eve, finds himself caught by a vigilant tax inspector. H.M

Background imageFestive Collection: Overtime at a Christmas cracker factory by William Heath Rob

Overtime at a Christmas cracker factory by William Heath Rob
Colour illustration by William Heath Robinson depicting one of his usual contraptions designed to solve the increase in demand for Christmas crackers during the forthcoming festive season

Background imageFestive Collection: Illustrated London News Christmas Number 1906

Illustrated London News Christmas Number 1906
Front cover of The Illustrated London News Christmas Number 1906 with an illustration of a young girl trying to force feed her terrier dog Christmas pudding. Date: 1906

Background imageFestive Collection: Trinidad Carnival Band

Trinidad Carnival Band
An oil drum band playing festive music at the annual Port of Spain Carnival, Trinidad, West Indies. Date: 1968

Background imageFestive Collection: A box of Christmas Eve crackers

A box of Christmas Eve crackers
A lovely box of Christmas crackers from the 1920s, with the contents intact and the box lid featuring a bright and jolly picture of Father Christmas being helped to cross the road by a policeman

Background imageFestive Collection: Wrapping Gifts 1950S

Wrapping Gifts 1950S
Festive model in red baby doll nightie with broderie Anglaise trim & white slingback shoes sits on a cushion & wraps presents, showing her knickers in the process

Background imageFestive Collection: G Sparagnapane Christmas crackers

G Sparagnapane Christmas crackers
Catalogue cover for G Sparagnapane and Co, ornamental confectioners and manufacturers of Christmas crackers

Background imageFestive Collection: Festive Nutty Squirrel 2

Festive Nutty Squirrel 2
Oh what an enormous nut for such a small squirrel. Festive tableau with nut munching stuffed red squirrel nestling amongst the holly berries

Background imageFestive Collection: Great Expectations: The Dickens Christmas Spirit by Matania

Great Expectations: The Dickens Christmas Spirit by Matania
A Dickensian Christmas as imagined by the Italian-born artist, Fortunino Matania, who in his later career concentrated on historical genre subjects

Background imageFestive Collection: Britannia and Eve front cover, December 1952

Britannia and Eve front cover, December 1952
Front cover of Britannia and Eve featuring an illustration showing a group of children, from the late 18th or early 19th century, gazing in awe at a festive arrangement of greenery, candles

Background imageFestive Collection: Christmas Day 100 years ago by H. L. Oakley

Christmas Day 100 years ago by H. L. Oakley
Charming silhouettes cut by H. L. Oakley depicting a traditional Victorian Christmas. The morning begins with a visit to church, followed by skating on a frozen pond

Background imageFestive Collection: The Farming Year by Pauline Baynes

The Farming Year by Pauline Baynes
The Farming Year, painted in the style of a medieval stained glass window by Pauline Baynes, showing the agricultural activities of a farmer of the Middle Ages month by month

Background imageFestive Collection: Healthy Exercise by Cecil W. Quinnell

Healthy Exercise by Cecil W. Quinnell
A young woman out for a winter walk wrapped snugly in a striking red outfit set off by white fur collar and muff. Date: 1908

Background imageFestive Collection: Victoria Palace Theatre playbill

Victoria Palace Theatre playbill
Front and back page of a promotional booklet for the Victoria Palace Theatre, London for the week commencing December 19th, 1927

Background imageFestive Collection: The Day After Christmas by Mark Symons

The Day After Christmas by Mark Symons
Cosy front room festooned with decorations and filled with Christmas toys. Date: 1931

Background imageFestive Collection: Front cover of a TSB Christmas Annual 1946, with a very modern Santa Claus choosing to

Front cover of a TSB Christmas Annual 1946, with a very modern Santa Claus choosing to deliver presents by car. Date: 1946

Background imageFestive Collection: Petula Clark

Petula Clark
Petula Sally Olwen Clark, CBE (born 15 November 1932), English singer, actress, and composer whose career has spanned seven decades

Background imageFestive Collection: Tom Smiths Crackers advertisement

Tom Smiths Crackers advertisement
Advertisement for Tom Smiths Crackers, by appointment to T.M. The King and Queen. Date: 1913

Background imageFestive Collection: Britannia and Eve Christmas 1951 cover

Britannia and Eve Christmas 1951 cover
Front cover of Britannia and Eve magazine, December 1951 featuring an illustration by Pauline Baynes of a festive medieval scene with numerous children trudging through the snow having collected

Background imageFestive Collection: Mansell Crackers box label design

Mansell Crackers box label design
Label design for a box of Mansell Christmas crackers featuring a cosy festive indoor scene with twinkling Christmas tree and a cosy armchair by a roaring fire

Background imageFestive Collection: Christmas children sledging

Christmas children sledging
Four small girls dressed in matching festive red capes and with fur muffs share a rather long sledge decorated with holly, forming a very pictureseque scene as they whizz down a snowy slope

Background imageFestive Collection: The Tatler front cover Christmas Number 1955

The Tatler front cover Christmas Number 1955
Illustrated front cover of The Tatler featuring a highly independent poodle dog who appears to have done all his Christmas shopping

Background imageFestive Collection: Illustrated London News front cover Christmas 1895

Illustrated London News front cover Christmas 1895
Girl with holly leaves and mistletoe about to knock at a front door

Background imageFestive Collection: Biscuit Tins

Biscuit Tins
A selection of Christmas biscuit tins from Huntley and Palmers for the festive season of 1899

Background imageFestive Collection: Lord of Misrule C1600

Lord of Misrule C1600
THE LORD OF MISRULE leading the villagers in a festive procession

Background imageFestive Collection: Roman Soldier on Guard

Roman Soldier on Guard
A Roman soldier, on guard duty on a cold winters day, watches as festive fare is carried to the banqueting hall

Background imageFestive Collection: Victorian Christmas time by H. L. Oakley

Victorian Christmas time by H. L. Oakley
A series of silhouettes by H. L. Oakley depicting various transport scenes over the Christmas time. Date: 1939

Background imageFestive Collection: The Graphic Christmas Number front cover 1932

The Graphic Christmas Number front cover 1932
Front cover of The Graphic Christmas Number for 1932 with an illustration of a lively medieval banquet, with a jester ushering an enormous boars head on a platter. Date: 1932

Background imageFestive Collection: Standard Triumph car advertisement

Standard Triumph car advertisement
Advertisement for Standard Triumph cars featuring a stylised festive character by Karo holding a Triumph saloon aloft in the air

Background imageFestive Collection: Christmas Pudding being pulled along atop a wooden sled

Christmas Pudding being pulled along atop a wooden sled
Delightful Chromolithograph Christmas greetings postcard by Ellen H. Clapsaddle depicting a sizeable Christmas Pudding being pulled along atop a wooden frame sled. Date: circa 1907

Background imageFestive Collection: G Sparagnapane Christmas crackers

G Sparagnapane Christmas crackers
Catalogue for G Sparagnapane Christmas crackers, who claim to be the oldest manufacturer in the United Kingdom

Background imageFestive Collection: The Sphere Christmas Number 1961

The Sphere Christmas Number 1961
Front cover illustration depicting various people in a park, walking through the snow armed with presents and Christmas trees

Background imageFestive Collection: Piccadilly, London

Piccadilly, London
Window Studies -- the Festive Hour, early evening in Piccadilly. At 7.45 pm anyone who is anyone is on their way to a dinner party, a dance or the theatre

Background imageFestive Collection: Festive Nutty Squirrel 5

Festive Nutty Squirrel 5
Festive tableau with a stuffed red squirrel about to ascend an ivy and holly berry clad tree in order to add to his winter nut hoard

Background imageFestive Collection: Festive Nutty Squirrel 3

Festive Nutty Squirrel 3
Festive tableau with a stuffed red squirrel perched amongst the holly berries with his nut and pine cone hoard gathered in for the winter

Background imageFestive Collection: Festive Nutty Squirrel

Festive Nutty Squirrel
Festive tableau with nut munching stuffed red squirrel posed on a branch decorated with holly berries

Background imageFestive Collection: Art deco style illustration showing a lady wrapping a variety of colourful Christmas

Art deco style illustration showing a lady wrapping a variety of colourful Christmas presents. Date: 1946

Background imageFestive Collection: WW2 Christmas Cards

WW2 Christmas Cards
A pair of small WW2 Christmas greetings cards, one shows miniature illustrations of festive food which would have been very scarce. Date: circa 1942

Background imageFestive Collection: The Mice Family's Christmas Pudding

The Mice Family's Christmas Pudding Date: 1908

Background imageFestive Collection: Christmas Eve in London

Christmas Eve in London Date: 1859

Background imageFestive Collection: Caricature illustration of Father Christmas, having crashed his plane

Caricature illustration of Father Christmas, having crashed his plane and dropped his toys in a child's room, by G E Studdy. Captioned, Held over from our Christmas issue'

Background imageFestive Collection: Wartime advert for Dolcis shoes, featuring a festive sprig of holly. Date: 1943

Wartime advert for Dolcis shoes, featuring a festive sprig of holly. Date: 1943

Background imageFestive Collection: The front cover of Britannia and Eve from December 1943. Date: 1943

The front cover of Britannia and Eve from December 1943. Date: 1943

Background imageFestive Collection: Beautiful Gruss Aus Bavarian postcard

Beautiful Gruss Aus Bavarian postcard
The card shows revellers in a crowd in festive costumes - soldiers, musicians and serving maids etc.It is from Fuerther-Kirchweih which is famous for its festivals. Date: circa 1900



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