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Published February 29, 2016 Updated April 10, 2022

Ottakar’s Happy Families

Ottakar’s Happy Families designed by Chris Burke, 2000.

2000 United Kingdom Chris Burke Advertising Caricatures Cartoon Happy Families Add to Collection

Ottakar’s Happy Families cards were designed by illustrator and cartoonist Chris Burke in conjunction with a series of murals created for the bookshop in 2000. The cards formed part of an in-store promotion designed to boost sales of books as Christmas presents. Each card has a letter printed on the front which, when re-arranged, spell a seasonal book title. A prize of £5,000 was offered to the first correct entry in a competition

Ottakar’s Happy Families designed by Chris Burke, 2000 Ottakar’s Happy Families designed by Chris Burke, 2000 Ottakar’s Happy Families designed by Chris Burke, 2000 Ottakar’s Happy Families designed by Chris Burke, 2000 Ottakar’s Happy Families designed by Chris Burke, 2000

Above: Ottakar’s Happy Families cards designed by Chris Burke as part of an in-store promotion, 2000. 15 cards each measuring 75 x 158 mm. A prize of £5,000 was offered to the first correct entry in a competition which ended on 24 December 2000.

detail from Ottakar’s Happy Families designed by Chris Burke, 2000
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