So this is Christmas

The festive season can fertilise a creative gene in even the most unimaginative of people. Whether it’s by choosing the perfect present, baking a pudding, or through some deft decorating, the will to spread cheer and bring joy to the world is very strong at this time of year.

Almost 100 years ago, in 1909, the Christmas spirit was fair bursting out of Melbournian Alfred George Jones!

The Middle Park resident applied to the Office of Literary Copyright for exclusive rights to his nine handmade Christmas cards. Each one came complete with a unique greeting and object.

Onto one card Mr Jones had fixed a small slipper, along with the message:

May this Xmas not Slip by, without you having a merry time.
May fortune smile upon your way, and dog your footsteps day by day.
May you never know what it is to feel, on ‘your uppers’ or ‘down at heel’.

Alfred George Jones may have departed this world, but his cards are a touching and timely reminder of a spirit that lives on.

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    Christmas card by Alfred Jones
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    Christmas card by Alfred Jones
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