Heath Robinson Christmas Cards (Pack of 6)
By: William Heath Robinson
13 in stock
Send these cards at Christmas and have your family and friends guffawing at the wonderful world of the man whom Philip Pullman calls the ‘Mighty Commander of the Preposterous’.
- RRP: £6.95 (incl. VAT)
- UK: £1.50
- International: £3.99
- Format: 105 x 148 mm folded (A6)
- Paper: FSC 300 gsm ivory laid cartridge
- Weight: 128 g
- Envelope: White
- Published: Nov. 2017
Not many people take their dog skiing for Christmas, but equally not many people ski on melted butter in their local park. The full scene in Winter Joys in the Parks, taken from Let’s Laugh by W. Heath Robinson and K. R. G. Browne (1939), offers all sorts of other treats including tobogganing from the treetops and ice skating on a bedroom mirror, kindly overseen by Constable Dixon of Dock Green. Why waste time travelling to Switzerland for Christmas when you can have it all on your doorstep?
This pack of six cards is printed in small quantities and is available exclusively from our website. It has rarity value as you won’t find it in the shops.
‘The words “National Treasure” are now applied to any vaguely talented man or woman who reaches pensionable age. We need something better than that to praise Heath Robinson: “Immortal Contraptioneer”, or “Mighty Commander of the Preposterous” or “Grand High Celestial Mechanic of Absurdity”.
— Philip Pullman (2014)
Front Page Text:Winter Joys in the Park
Message Inside: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
William Heath Robinson (1872-1944) is one of the few artists whose names have become part of the English language. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the expression is used to describe ‘any absurdly ingenious and impractical device’. Heath Robinson started out as a landscape artist and book illustrator before finding world-wide fame with his mechanical fantasies. He invented machines for making coffee, lighting cigars, extinguishing candles, peeling potatoes, testing raincoats, saving chickens from injury when crossing the road and conducting just about every other conceivable, and sometimes inconceivable, activity. He satirized the new ways of living that came with technological change, small flats and shortages, creating a whimsical social commentary on his times: history encapsulated in pictures.