Story: Birthdays and wedding anniversaries

Birthday postcards

The practice of sending birthday cards began in the late 19th century and soon became popular.  Some, such as these, were in fact postcards, and the sender wrote a personal message on the back.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: Eph-A-CARDS-McLeod-Birthday-001; Eph-A-CARDS-McCarthy-011; Eph-A-CARDS-McCarthy-012

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Birthdays and wedding anniversaries - Birthday rituals', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 13 June 2024)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 5 Sep 2013