Michelle Higgs's guide to the weird and wonderful world of Victorian England
Thursday, 18 December 2014
DAY 7: 12 DAYS OF VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS CARDS
On Day 7 of '12 Days of Victorian Christmas Cards', I offer another Victorian 'trick' type card. This time, it's a shadow card from the 1880s:
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These cards were supposed to draw parallels between animal and human characters, for instance, a picture of a duck paired with the shadow of a physicist (a quack); and a goat paired with an old gallant's shadow.
In this card, the shadow of the dog is shown in silhouette to highlight the similar facial attributes of an elderly man in a policeman's helmet.