A seasonal selection – festive display of cards and catalogues
With Christmas rapidly approaching you may be interested to hear about our small display of Christmas cards and festive catalogues from the early twentieth century.
The display contains Christmas and New Year greeting cards which were circulated in Scotland between 1910 and 1952. The cards, which are a fascinating contrast to those we send today, are from the Dewar Collection.
The display also includes a couple of beautifully illustrated Macfarlane Lang & Co Christmas catalogues dating from the 1930s. The history of this Scottish bakery is fascinating. James Lang established a bakery in Glasgow in 1817. After Lang’s death his nephew, John Macfarlane, took over the business. The company expanded throughout the nineteenth century, opening the mechanised Victoria Biscuit Works in the Calton area of Glasgow in 1880. In 1948 Macfarlane Lang merged with another Scottish biscuit manufacturer – McVitie & Price – to form United Biscuits.
The display is located on the upper floor of the General Reading Room at the National Library of Scotland. On entering the Reading Room proceed straight up the stairs to the wall opposite the door and you will find the display case. The display will run until the week beginning 7th January 2013.