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Christmas Cards of the 1940’s

With WW2 well under way many changes were made to the way Christmas was celebrated in the UK.  Shortages meant that many Christmas rituals, including the sending of cards, had to be scaled down in order to make savings.

We take a look at the Christmas cards of the 1940’s in our ByGone Christmases.

With many families separated at Christmas as men were serving in the armed forces and many children had been evacuated it became even more important to keep in touch by sending a simple Christmas card.

Patriotic cards were very popular and those designed for servicemen overseas often contained a hope for peace and continued safety.

Many cards and letters were sent by servicemen to their families back home.  Usually just a signature  would be included but no other information for fear that the card/letter fell into enemy hands.

It was customary in the army that letters etc would be photo reduced to around a quarter of their original size and printed out onto very thin paper.  Often when these much anticipated cards etc arrived they were almost unreadable.

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Cards featuring children were very popular and would be sent to evacuees who were far from home.

During the second world war as many things as possible were recycled and Christmas cards were no exception as old Christmas cards and crackers were turned into cartons for explosives.

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