The Beauties And The Beasts Of 1950s Christmas Cards

A glorious British Pathé News report on the new world of glamorous greeting cards featuring pin-up girls and exotic animals.

Back in 1955, Christmas greetings cards had a bit more glamour about them, thanks to the sterling efforts of model and actress Vanda Hudson and animals borrowed from London Zoo as they pose for possibly the most cliched-looking artist you’ll ever see in an Islington studio. These festive poses are just part of the exciting new world of greetings cards on display in this British Pathé News film, which also explores the concept of the card/gift combo, where your card might also contain a necklace or fancy lighter. The very height of exotic sophistication, you might think.

If only Christmas cards still looked like this!

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