Herbert Block

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How holiday cards help us cope with a not-so-merry year, according to a professor of comedy

A colorful vintage cartoon greeting card depicts a caricature of a soldier receiving a message from the ‘Pigeon Express’. Donaldson Collection/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images Matthew McMahan, Emerson College The first Christmas card was, perhaps predictably, one of good cheer. The concept is commonly credited to Sir Henry Cole, the founder of the Victoria and Albert

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