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The time for wrapping up warmly and preparing for Christmas is now upon us.
Photographs and illustrations from our collections show festivities in full swing – from ice skating and shopping for seasonal novelties and 'fancy articles', to catching the Christmas turkey.
Our COPY 1 series is filled with artwork for cards, posters and other advertising materials promoting the festive season and all that makes it magical. In our images below, a young girl rides in on a polar bear to bring us some Christmas biscuits, while a railway poster advertises holiday excursions. Further illustrations show a tougher time for yuletide travellers, with coaches and horses battling the snow.
Not started your present shopping yet? Take a look at the Christmas gift selection in our bookshop.
You can also see more COPY 1 images in our Designs, advertising and photography showcase.
May Christmas be bright and happy, 1882/images/imagelibrary/showcase/christmas/copy1-56-may-christmas-be-bright-and-happy-1882.jpg
Catalogue reference: COPY 1/56
Christmas in the 18th century/images/imagelibrary/showcase/christmas/copy1-262(i)-(257)-christmas-in-the-18th-cent-1907.jpg
Catalogue reference: COPY 1/262(i) (257)
Brown Davies & Co., London E2, 1878/images/imagelibrary/showcase/christmas/copy1-43-brown-davies-and-co-london-e2-1878.jpg
Catalogue reference: COPY 1/43
Great Northern Railway Christmas excursions, 1903/images/imagelibrary/showcase/christmas/copy1-209-gnr-christmas-excursions-1903.jpg
Catalogue reference: COPY 1/209
Christmas scene, Santa's airship, 1903/images/imagelibrary/showcase/christmas/copy1-207-(3)-christmas-scene-santas-airship-1903.jpg
Catalogue reference: COPY 1/207 (3)
Boys catch a turkey, 1878/images/imagelibrary/showcase/christmas/copy1-41-boys-catch-a-turkey-1878.jpg
Catalogue reference: COPY 1/41
'I wish you a merry Christmas', with lilies, 1876/images/imagelibrary/showcase/christmas/copy1-33-lillies-1876.jpg
Catalogue reference: COPY 1/33
Royal George Hotel with coach and horses, Christmas postcard, 1905/images/imagelibrary/showcase/christmas/copy1-230-(146)-royal-george-hotel-with-coach-and-horses-christmas-postcard-1905.jpg
Catalogue reference: COPY 1/230 (146)
Huntley & Palmers Christmas biscuits, Reading and London, 1904/images/imagelibrary/showcase/christmas/copy1-218-(370)-huntley-and-palmers-christmas-biscuits-reading-and-london-1904.jpg
Catalogue reference: COPY 1/218 (370)
Saunders & Sons of Brighton, Autumn and Winter novelties poster, 1905/images/imagelibrary/showcase/christmas/copy1-235(ii)-(189)-saunders-and-sons-of-brighton-autumn-and-winter-novelties-poster-1905.jpg
Catalogue reference: COPY 1/235 (ii)(189)
Christmas in London, 1905/images/imagelibrary/showcase/christmas/copy1-232-(295)-christmas-in-london-1905.jpg
Catalogue reference: COPY 1/232 (295)
Snowed up on Christmas Eve, 1889/images/imagelibrary/showcase/christmas/zper35-17-snowed-up-on-christmas-eve-1889.jpg
Catalogue reference: ZPER 35/17
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