Thursday, July 17, 2014

Christmas Cracker and Card history at the Victoria and Albert Museum

If there is one thing this Cracker Elf is determined to do before too long, it is to visit the Victoria and Albert Museum in Britain.  I would most specially love to see their historical Christmas cracker collection. Here are a few items shown on their website:

Mottoes and Jokes
Click images to visit the Victoria and Albert Museum Online.

Tom Smith’s Christmas crackers “Bank of Love”
from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Cracker contents, such as paper hats and toys 
from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

"This card is a reproduction of an 1843 card, commissioned by Sir Henry Cole, the Museum’s first director. It combines two traditional Christmas themes. The central illustration shows three generations of a family raising a toast to the recipient of the card, and the outer, less colourful images show acts of charity, and giving to the poor."


Monday, October 21, 2013

Witch's Cracker

Now here is an interesting cracker variety!
This illustration is from the Jane Shaw novel, "Family Trouble" 1961.
I found in a blog featuring the author, Jane Shaw.

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

1900 Romantic Cracker Cartoon

The following 1900 cartoon plays on the romantic connotations 
of the early Victorian Christmas crackers 

which were often filled with love poems and candy.

Click on the image to see a slightly larger rendition.

Entitled: "Good Old Christmas Crackers!"
Published in: "The Big Budget"
London, England
Saturday December 29, 1900; pg 53: Issue 185

Ethel (to very bashful lover): "Oh, my Edwin, this one won't pop!"
Young Hopeful:  "Somefink like Edwin hisself, ain't it, Sis?"

Stay tuned for lots of new historical documents
& photos over the coming weeks


from your Chief Cracker Elf,

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Look who came to visit...

What a stunning day out today. I couldn't bear to work the whole day through so I stopped to take a few pics of the sunflowers, beans and verbena but just as I was grabbing the camera...look who came to visit?! Mother only brought one baby and I haven't seen the two babes together for about 6 weeks so one has to wonder if the second one survived. It was very healthy looking but life in the woods has its sad realities. I was delighted to see them again today. Mom was not thrilled with me taking so many pictures and decided to 'hi-tail' it out of there and over the railway tracks!PS:  Yes, those sunflowers ARE planted in what you think they are!

Cheers Everyone

from your Chief Cracker Elf,

white-tailed deer


Click on any of the images for a larger view.

Mother and baby white-tailed deer

sunflowers and scarlet runner beans
sunflowers and scarlet runner beans