Probably the most inappropriate Christmas card ever sent …

by Stephen Tall on November 27, 2009

The year is 1938, and you’re looking for a suitably seasonal picture for the front of your Christmas cards. A festive image which will convey seasonal goodwill to all humanity.

What could better symbolise those eternal truths than an international peace treaty signed by the two major European powers which had once been at war? And so it came to pass that this Christmas card was produced and exchanged some seven decades ago:

Chamberlain & Hitler

And here’s what it said inside:

Chamberlain & Hitler inside

Even reproducing that infamous piece of paper which proclaimed ‘peace in our time’:

Chamberlain & Hitler 002

In the circumstances, I think Churchill’s choice of Christmas card was more appropriate.

Images courtesy of the official Conservative Party Archive held at the Bodleian Library in Oxford.

The card was found amongst the papers of Percy Cohen, a prominent Jewish Conservative believed to be a former member of the Conservative Research Department. The signatory of the card, RJ Rosie, may well have been physician to King George VI and HM The Queen. It is not known if the card was an official one or personally commissioned.

2 comments

@philipjcowley Poster archive in particular is fab. Oh and there's this Xmas card http://t.co/K6TD4avq…/

by Stephen Tall on December 12, 2012 at 8:27 pm. Reply #

@philipjcowley Poster archive in particular is fab. Oh and there's this Xmas card http://t.co/K6TD4avq…/

by Doug Morris on December 12, 2012 at 8:36 pm. Reply #

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