|The Victoria & Albert Museum|
The front of this Christmas card has a gilt border and shows three little girls in aprons doing the laundry : one, in a yellow dress and hat washing at a large tub; another, in a blue dress, hanging an item up to dry; and a third, in a pink dress, sitting on the grass.
Though not particularly Christmas-y, the scene shows children being “good.” Beneath the illustration are the words: "A Joyful Christmas."
On the reverse of the card, a verse in brown, beneath an illustration of a cherub's head, reads:
"I love the little boys and girls,
They back my mem'ry take
To happy days of bibs and curls
Of candy and of cake.
I sang my Christmas carols then
As only children may,
And this is why I'll kiss them, when
The children sing to-day.
And wish them all the simple joy
That filled my bosom when a boy!"
--F. Ernest Power
The card is signed "For Amy from Grandma Xmas 1885"