Arts, crafts and Humanism: Alternative christmas cards

Arts, crafts and Humanism: Alternative christmas cards

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Cataloguing of the British Humanist Association collection may have only just started but I’ve already come across some colourful material.

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Various greetings cards, December 1966. Bishopsgate Institute reference: BHA/1/2/7. © Bishopsgate Institute

At the back of an ordinary book of BHA minutes from the 1960s is a collection of Humanist greetings cards. The designs were sent in by members of the Association, probably as part of a competition. Most of the cards make use of the distinctive BHA ‘happy man’ symbol as an alternative to the Christian Cross or star, with some looking more festive (and professional!) than others. Messages inside the cards vary from the traditional ‘seasons greetings’, to the inventive ‘Unto us a sun is born’.

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A psychedelic design, December 1966. Bishopsgate Institute reference: BHA/1/2/7. © Bishopsgate Institute

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