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The History Of Greeting Cards - An Overview
Greeting cards started out as simple slips of papyrus, that
were exchanged by both the Egyptians and Chinese as messages of
goodwill. As the concept of greeting cards evolved, Europeans
began to send them to one another for holidays such as
Valentine's Day and this occurred as early as the 1400's. Of
course, these cards were handmade and expensive so not everyone
could afford to send greeting cards for their holiday
Greeting cards really hit the mainstream in the 1850's, when
commercial printing as well as the invention of the postage
stamp started to allow people all over the world to send
greeting cards to their loved ones. Now, greeting cards are a
billion dollar business, with people purchasing and sending
cards for holidays including religious celebrations, birthdays,
and even just as a simple thank you or gesture of love. The two
largest greeting card companies, Hallmark and American
Greetings, offer cards that are perfect for any occasion, with
themes and illustrations that are great for all tastes.
Of course, you don't need to buy your greeting cards in a
store. Computers and home printers have made it easy to create
and print out your own cards at home. Many people have also
taken up paper crafts, and have taken to hand making their own
greeting cards out of many different materials, with
embellishments ranging from ribbons to beads. Some even go as
far as to make their own paper, which is a time consuming
process but definitely shows your recipient just how much you
care. Hand painting and rubber stamping with ink can complete
your homemade creation.
Greeting cards have evolved from an item used only by the rich
to an everyday tradition. Whether you want to communicate with
far-off relatives, or just let your sweetie know how much you
love them greeting cards make a great (and inexpensive) way to
brighten up someone's day!
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