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6 COVER FOR 20 1 5 SMALL PRINTER THE cover picture for this December—and Mrs Laura Seddon was a collector of Christmas—ediƟon of Small Printer is taken Victorian GreeƟng Cards and at the age of from Matrix 12 – The Winter 1992 Review for seventy-six, embarked on the Herculean task Printers and Bibliophiles, printed and published of cataloguing thirty-one thousand cards, in an ediƟon of 925 copies by the Whiƫngton mounted in two hundred and seventy four Press. The card pictures show a selecƟon of volumes. In 1992 she was made an Honorary Father and Mother Christmas Cards, from a Fellow of the University of Manchester, in variety of illustrators (sƟll very popular in recogniƟon of her donaƟon of the cards and the USA). her achievement in cataloguing such a huge number of cards. These pictures compliment a review by Sue Band of a book by Laura Seddon, called The ﬁrst Christmas Card, (leŌ) appeared A Gallery of GreeƟngs published by the in 1843 (lithographed and hand coloured) Manchester Polytechnic Library in 1992. but the idea did not catch on unƟl some twenty years later with the invenƟon of the chromolithographic process. Postal reforms also added to the success of the Christmas card, that by the 1880s, cards were being printed in their millions. With the advent of email and increased postage costs, the number of cards sold today is dwindling. But how joyous it is that us printers can produce our own cards with whatever process and design that takes our fancy.