According to the Greeting Card Association, "The custom of sending greeting cards can be traced back to the ancient Chinese, who exchanged messages of good will to celebrate the New Year, and to the early Egyptians, who conveyed their greetings on papyrus scrolls.
By the early 1400s, handmade paper greeting cards were being exchanged in Europe. The Germans are known to have printed New Year’s greetings from woodcuts as early as 1400, and handmade paper Valentines were being exchanged in various parts of Europe in the early to mid-1400s.By the 1850s, the greeting card had been transformed from a relatively expensive, handmade and hand-delivered gift to popular and affordable means of personal communication, due largely to advances in printing and mechanization, as well as the 1840 introduction of the postage stamp.
The first known published Christmas card appeared in London in 1843, when Sir Henry Cole hired artist John Calcott Horsley to design a holiday card that he could send to his friends and acquaintances."
I am a huge fan of cards and I keep a big stockpile of them in my house for every occasion. I buy them year-round and often I will pick them out for a specific person and then save it for a fun occasion. I also like to give out cards at random. Getting a beautiful card in the mail is such a wonderful surprise!
Greeting cards come in every size, shape, color and for every occasion you can possibly imagine. You can can get cards made from recycled paper, cards with gorgeous pictures, and even cards that, when planted in the ground, will make flowers bloom. Compendium makes wonderful cards and stationary products, one of my favorites being their window cards - a boxed set of small cards with a little window that opens to reveal a quote. These are great anytime, anywhere and for anyone.
So...get started on your card collection today, they're fun to buy and even more fun to give.
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