Angel motives of old christmas cards from 1900 to 1930 are exhibited in the Museum Malerwinkelhaus Marktbreit, Germany, til Christmas 2013.
The history of the Christmas card started 1843 in London when Sir Henry Cole asked the illustrator John Callcott Horsley to create a card with the inscription „Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to You“. Horsley got inspired by a Church altar picture and painted the motive of a family meeting. Sir Cole had his own printing company and therefore he started with a first edition of 1.000 cards. He sold them very expensive. Since the first stamp was created in 1840 the mailing of Christmas cards got very popular.