Bizarre And Creepy Vintage Christmas Cards From The Victorian Era

Christmas cards today usually feature a jolly Santa, fluffy woodland animal or green glittery tree, but Victorian versions had a much more terrifying tone.

Christmas card from the Victorian era.

Christmas card from the Victorian era.

Christmas card from the Victorian era.

Christmas card from the Victorian era.

Christmas card from the Victorian era.

Christmas card from the Victorian era.

Christmas card from the Victorian era.

Christmas card from the Victorian era.

Christmas card from the Victorian era.

Christmas card from the Victorian era.

Christmas card from the Victorian era.

Christmas card from the Victorian era.

Christmas card from the Victorian era.

Christmas card from the Victorian era.

Christmas card from the Victorian era.

Christmas card from the Victorian era.

Christmas card from the Victorian era.

Christmas card from the Victorian era.

Christmas card from the Victorian era.

Christmas card from the Victorian era.

https://www.sadanduseless.com/victorian-christmas-cards/

Christmas card from the Victorian era.

Christmas card from the Victorian era.

Christmas card from the Victorian era.

Christmas card from the Victorian era.

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  1. P2 of BORG December 21, 2021

    Jeesus….
    What’s was wrong with these people…?

  2. Michelle December 21, 2021

    Weird, just weird.

  3. It wasn't me December 21, 2021

    I guess the Victorians knew that the commercialisation of Christmas was in-fact killing the spirit of it all and the artists were expressing this in art form or just maybe they wasn’t in the right frame of mind, who knows lol

  4. Anonymous December 21, 2021

    Hard to get your head around the thinking in the dead red robin card with the wish ‘May yours be a joyful Christmas’…… Possibly made by the same person who came up with the instruction “Think of all the starving children in India” in persuading their kids to happily eat up their dinner!

  5. Katherine December 21, 2021

    So clearly this was not a happy time in history for the common folk.

  6. VictoriNO December 22, 2021

    Fashionable greeting cards for the era. At the time you used such cards to impress your friends. Who would’ve thought that 150 years later a snowflake easily offended population would look at these and freak out.

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  7. Anonymous December 22, 2021

    I love them. I can’t believe no one is reprinting them just for the laughs.

  8. A journey into the uncanny valley December 22, 2021

    The Victorians were a sick, crazy lot. Today we are both sick, batshit crazy and as dumb as a doorknob. We just can’t see it (need to wait 100 years).

  9. Craig Kringle December 23, 2021

    Want more? WeirdChristmas.com. Or @weird_christmas on Twitter. ;) It’s pretty much all I do….

  10. Al-nonymous December 23, 2021

    Despite my better judgement, I checked out Craig Cringle’s sketchy link. It checks out…. if you are into the uncanniness you can only get from pre-1960’s holiday nostalgia. (Which I am.) 10/10 lifeless-eyed children. Would reccomend!

  11. Tea December 23, 2021

    Yeah, more than one of these made me say, “Da fuq?”.

  12. nihilinside December 24, 2021

    I suddenly have an urge to start a Victorian Christmas card collection.

  13. anon December 24, 2021

    God, I love each and every one of these. I loathe Christmas.

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  14. Befana2.0 December 29, 2021

    First, frequent use of laudanum. Second, the dead birds come from a legend that sparrows laughed when St. Stephen was martyred by being stoned to death. So kids in the middle ages would stone birds in vengeance on Boxing Day and carol for money to give the birdies proper funerals. As a Gothic lass, I approve of the use of troubling Christmas imagery to kick the sh*t out of all the Hallmark garbage. Please bring back Krampus (just not the dead birds).

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