Christmas with the Porters

Sunday 13 December 2020

Go back one hundred years and what would children want for Christmas? A doll, a tin toy, a tiny tea set or that once-a-year publication, a Christmas Annual.

All of these are on display at Miss Porter’s House Museum together with an extensive collection of Edwardian Christmas postcards.

Postcards were the text messages of the day in 1909. See the card Florence Jolley sent to Herbert Porter a few weeks before their marriage. The wedding did not seem to have required extensive planning. On the reverse of the Christmas post card in a brief few lines Florence agrees to change the date from 5th to 12th, promises to tell Herb the news when she sees him and signs off Love from Flo.

As a celebration of how Herbert and Florence might have spent Christmas with their daughters, Ella and Hazel, the current house volunteers invite everyone to see the house decorated for CHRISTMAS WITH THE PORTERS. Experience how they celebrated with cards, recipes, decorations and toys during the early years of the twentieth century. Read many of those Christmas post cards exchanged between Florence Jolley and Herbert Porter.




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Miss Porter's House Museum
434 King Street
Newcastle West