Institutional Christmas cards past, c1950s-1970s from our Archives. Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
A view of IMechE’s headquarters with the London skyline beyond. Designed by Basil Slade, the building has been the Institutions home since 1899. National events such as discussions for the D-Day landing preparations have taken place here. Christmas card cover 1955.
Buckingham Palace seen from St James’s Park, from a coloured lithography by and after Thomas Shotter Boys. The IMechE’s headquarters stand on the edge of the Park. Christmas card cover 1979.
Floodlit view of Westminster Abbey as seen from IMechE’s headquarters (now obscurred). The Abbey has some engineering associations, in 1960 the Institution gave them a bust of James Watt (to replace a statue). Christmas card cover 1970.
Happy Christmas Eve! ‘The Christmas Tree’, by Albert Chevallier Tayler, 1911. Christmas card cover, date unknown.
Leonardo da Vinci, self portrait and sketches. Christmas card cover 1958.
Big Ben was cast in 1858 at Whitechapel Foundry; it weighs in at 13 tons 10 cwt and 99 lbs, is 7ft 6ins height and has a diameter of 9 feet at its mouth. Illustration from a watercolour by Thomas Kimber, 1866. Christmas card cover, date unknown.
The Marly Pumping Station on the Seine, 1682, designed by Rennequin Sualem. In 1962 IMechE’s summer meeting was held in Paris. Christmas card cover 1962.
James Watt, portrait from a steel engraving alongside an elevation of his double acting condensing steam engine. Christmas card cover 1961.
Elevation of Stephenson’s 1825 Rocket and a ‘modern’ 1975 locomotive: showing the progress made in 150 years. Christmas card cover 1975.
‘In 1971 wheeled vehicles operated for the first time other than on Earth. The Russian Lunokhod was remotely controlled and the United States Rover was directly driven by the Astronauts. This year …Dr RR Gilruth [was honoured] with the Watt Medal for his oustanding efforts in…the US Space Programme, in particular the lunar missions…commemorate the crossing of a new frontier by mechanical engineers with this photograph of the US Lunar Rover.’ Christmas 1971.
A classic winter scene, ‘The Shortening Winter’s Day is Near a Close’ by Joseph Farquharson, 1903. Christmas card cover, year unknown.
Allegorical portrait commissioned by Robert Stephenson of his family, in the background are Heaton and Morpeth Bridge, Dial Cottage, Killingworth High Pit and the Blucher locomotive designed by George and driven by James Stephenson. George Stephenson is stood holding his patented safety lamp. Christmas card cover 1969.
‘When the Holy Family fled into Egypt, they were relentlessly pursued by Herod’s soldiers who sought to kill infant Jesus. Fearing for the safety of her child, Mary alighted from the ass on which she was riding and with a prayer in her heart, hid the sleeping Infant beneath a wayside holly bush. Instantly, the ancient bush put forth an abundance of new leaves bristling with thorns, for the Babe’s protection. Herod’s soldiers pressed on unheeding, and the Christ Child was safe. When He awoke, He blessed the holly and ordained that it should remain forever green, as a sign of hope and immortality.’ Christmas card cover 1968.
‘Three of the famous ‘X’ type chassis with 35 hp engines suuplied to Carter Paterson in 1908. A similar vehicle was restored by Leyland apprentices and today  runs in historical motor events.’ Christmas card cover 1972.
Storey’s Gate in 1820. Showing the old road layout of where IMechE Headquarters now resides (see the building with pillars and cornice through the railings to the right, that is now the corner of our building but was a pub in 1820). ‘Three of the famous ‘X’ type chassis with 35 hp engines suuplied to Carter Paterson in 1908. A similar vehicle was restored by Leyland apprentices and today  runs in historical motor events’. Christmas card cover 1978.
Taken from one of our earliest books, 1647, this diagram is a vessel for heating water. Christmas card cover 1967.
Portrait of Whitworth, who was twice President of IMechE and who left an endowment administered by the Institution which still funds Whitworth Scholars. Christmas card cover 1965.
The Institution’s Library (also home to the Archive) has changed little on the face of it but in actual fact we do offer modern services such as a virtual library and archive. Drawing by Sydney R Jones. Christmas card cover 1953.
‘Dutch Winter Scene’, by Charles Leickert, 1875. Christmas card cover, date unknown.
The redesigned Council Room at IMechE headquarters, by Hanslip Fletcher. Currently the room is being used as a members lounge by IMechE and IET members. Christmas card cover 1948.
IMechE members would travel every summer to gather in a place of interest, in May 1935 they went to Bath. The interior of the card carries the image, the front is plain. Christmas card insides 1935.
Embossed card featuring ‘A Child’s Delight’, by Kate Greenaway. Christmas card cover, date unknown.
Lithograph of Ironbridge, the first iron bridge to be constructed, 1779. Christmas card cover 1974.
‘Angel of the Annunciation’ engraving after Martin Schongauer. Christmas card cover 1976.
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