The cards cover six events that call for some personal record, including Birthday, St Valentine’s Day, Wedding, New Baby, Good Luck and Christmas, all illustrated by Heath Robinson in his inimitable style. From youthful romance to graceful ageing, and all the joys in between, he offers us a disarmingly warm-hearted view of the world and a compassionate tolerance of human foibles.
In this set you get six cards for the price of five. They were created as rewards for our Very Heath Robinson Kickstarter campaign and are now available exclusively from our web-site. They are not in the shops.
Birthday: Another Revival of an Old Ceremony. The Birthday Kiss
St Valentine’s Day: L’Art Mutuel
Wedding: The Honeymoon Taxi
New Baby: How to get a good night’s sleep in spite of interruptions
Good Luck: Sorry to see you go
Christmas: Winter Joys in the Park
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.