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Broadsheet, congratulatory
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1. Definition

From the 15th century on, sheets of paper or parchment could be used to express congratulations and greetings on public or private occasions. Such broadsheets differ from informal congratulatory letters and cards in their combination of image and text, which in printed specimens often took the form of a frequently employed formulary.

2. Annual celebrations

The cycle of holidays provided repeated occasion for gr…

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Appuhn-Radtke, Sibylle, “Broadsheet, congratulatory”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 05 February 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_020406>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160907

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