Tracing the history of the Christmas card from its Victorian origins up to the end of the Second World War, the text illustrates examples in colour of a wide variety from each decade and shows how to create your own collection. The first Christmas card appeared in 1843 but the idea did not catch on until almost twenty years late. The invention of the chromolithographic process and the introductin of comprehensive postal reforms sealed the success of the Christmas card. By the 1880s, sales were well into the millions per year and the Christmas card has retained its popularity ever since
Michelle Higgs is a freelance writer and author based in the West Midlands. She is passionate about history in all its forms, especially local history, genealogy and social history. When researching her books, she looks for the little details about how people lived and worked which really help to bring the past to life.
Her first book was Christmas Cards (Shire Books, 1999), which dealt with the history of Christmas cards and how to start a collection. She subsequently became fascinated by all things Victorian and progressed to writing a trilogy of books about the social history of three very different institutions. Life in the Victorian and Edwardian Workhouse and Prison Life in Victorian England were both published by The History Press in 2007, followed by Life in the Victorian Hospital in 2009.
Michelle's fifth book, Tracing Your Medical Ancestors, was published by Pen & Sword (2011). It is aimed specifically at people who have discovered a doctor, nurse or other medical professional in their family trees. Her latest book in the same series is Tracing Your Servant Ancestors (published May 2012). It is for anyone who wants to know more about their servant ancestor's working life.
As a freelance writer, Michelle has written for a wide range of publications including Who Do You Think You Are?, Period House, Discover My Past and Family History Monthly.
When not writing or researching, Michelle enjoys the great outdoors, walking the dog, going to the cinema, watching tennis and reading. Visit her website at www.michellehiggs.co.uk