Free Christmas e-cards from the Royal Pavilion and Museums

Now December is upon us, many of us need to send Christmas cards to friends and family. But if you’d like to save both postage costs and trees this year, why not send a free festive e-card from the Royal Pavilion and Museums’ Image Store?

'A Happy Christmas to You'. Victorian Christmas card showing owls on tricycles.
‘A Happy Christmas to You’. Victorian Christmas card showing owls on tricycles.

These cards dates from the late Victorian / early Edwardian period. They are a variedl selection, ranging from Christian declarations to quirky pictures of animals. Perceptions of what can be considered ‘Christmassy’ have changed in the last century, but at the very least, these cards will provide some free fun.

Christmas Card, late nineteenth century. Shows a long-beaked bird. Bears message: 'A happy Christmas to you', and some lines of verse: 'Behold your GOD will come... He will come & save. Yhe wilderness is the solitary place... shall be glad... And the parched ground shall become a pool & the thirsty land springs of water.;
Christmas Card, late nineteenth century. Shows a long-beaked bird. Bears message: ‘A happy Christmas to you’, and some lines of verse: ‘Behold your GOD will come… He will come & save. Yhe wilderness is the solitary place… shall be glad… And the parched ground shall become a pool & the thirsty land springs of water.;
Christmas Card, late nineteenth century. Image shows a church with lit windows in a wintry country setting. Bears message: 'With fondest wishes for a happy Christmas'.
Christmas Card, late nineteenth century. Image shows a church with lit windows in a wintry country setting. Bears message: ‘With fondest wishes for a happy Christmas’.

To send an e-card, simply select the image you wish to send and choose the option to ‘send as e-card’. You will need to complete a few details and write a message, and then you can send your card free of charge.

We hope you enjoy this facility. You can, of course, send an e-card of any picture in the Image Store, so feel free to use this for birthdays, weddings or any other celebration. Although you do not need to register to send an e-card, you can register as a ‘free image user’ to download ‘medium res’ images for free.

You can view the Christmas cards here. You can also see a set of these images on a Pinterest board.

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