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Tom Smith’s Christmas crackers

In the 1840s confectioner Tom Smith invented the first Christmas cracker. His company became the leading manufacturer of the festive tradition. These cracker box labels, from our copyright registration records, show the creative ways he themed his crackers, tapping into popular interests of the day.

The story of Louis Wain

Read about Louis Wain

Artist and illustrator Louis Wain (1860–1939) achieved great fame for his whimsical drawings of cats, but his story is also a sad one of personal tragedy.