December 1922 continues with more adverts from the Gazette in the couple of weeks leading up to Christmas. They show the variety of loose goods on sale in a Cullompton grocery and an Exeter toy shop hoping to attract customers from the Tiverton district. ‘ Peter Pan’s Cave’ declares that it doesn’t sell goods made in Germany presumably harking back to the First World War which would still have been very fresh in people’s memories.

 Before the days of mass production of Christmas cards, many were hand-made. The Museum has several examples with just three illustrated here. The first two date from the First World War. The date of the completely hand made card from a servant to her mistress is not known. We also hold a leather bound album of late Victorian/early Edwardian greetings cards many of which show impressive craftmanship.

 Written by Museum Volunteer, Sue B