Carte de Visite Card of a Wreath Preserved in Ice

A monochrome photographic print on a carte de visite card of a wreath of fresh foliage encased in a block of ice.   The ceremony of laying of wreaths at Burns Mausoleum was observed throughout the 19th century and formed  part of the celebrations of the first and second centenaries of his birth and death. It is still an important element of the rituals of Burns' birthday today and many distinguished visitors to the town place wreaths on his grave as part of the programme of their visit.   Local newspaper reports make reference to wreaths preserved in blocks of ice containing fresh flowers and foliage from Australia and North America being sent by Burns Clubs from overseas.   Carte de visite cards were produced to be sold or exchanged and were collected in elaborate albums, specially made for the purpose, often with window mounts to display the cards.
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width: 59 mm, length: 94 mm
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Dumfries & Galloway Council
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