Happy holidays from the VHS
This little gem of a Christmas card is pasted in a scrapbook made by Mary Custis Lee, one of General Robert E. Lee’s daughters (Mss1 L51 b 64). Possessed with an indomitable spirit, General Lee’s eldest daughter was a seasoned world traveler. Mary was the guest of European nobility, sailed up the Nile in Egypt, and gazed at Asian landscapes.
Given her remarkable experiences, I feel fortunate that she saved this Yuletide call-to-arms. Because it was adhered to a page in her scrapbook, it is not possible to determine when it was made or from whom it was sent. However, I suspect this postcard was made in England around the 1880s or 1890s. The verse on the card reads as follows:
Down-trodden women now arise
No more let men thus tyrannize
Let’s push the tyrant from his throne
And have a Christmas of our own.