I thought, with the holiday season almost upon us, that it might be fun to look into the history of the greeting card. I've discovered an eclectic mix of history, digital facts and fun anecdotes. So let's take a moment during this hectic vacation period to relax and learn something on the Christmas card.
– The custom of sending greeting cards goes back to ancient China. In order to celebrate the New Year, ancient Chinese people have been looking forward to sending messages of goodwill. The first Egyptians used papyrus rolls to send greetings. New Year's news was produced in Germany as early as 1400.
– The origin of the Christmas card is in England. They are the product of boys practicing their writing skills. Boys Training by Making Cards for Their Parents
– Sir Henry Cole ordered the first commercial Christmas cards in London in 1843. Sir Henry was extremely busy that year, and therefore unable to compose the typical individual greetings. The simple message, "A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you" was found inside. John Callcott Horsley produced an illustration for the card that depicted a happy family hugging and toasting with their high glasses. The drawing has been denigrated by critics to promote intoxication.
– In the United States, Louis Prang produced the first Christmas trading cards. He was a German immigrant, who in 1856 started a small lithographic firm near Boston. He is considered the creator of the greeting card industry in the United States. More than five million cards were produced in 1881. His cards gained popularity during the 1890s. Prong stopped producing greeting cards when cheaper imports came on the market
– The first official card of the White House was issued in the year 1953 by President Eisenhower. 2000 cards were sent by the White House in the year 1961. The amount rose to 1.4 million by the year 2005.
– Christmas cards from today can be purchased as simple or in large boxes. Individual cards are usually sent to someone special, while canned ones are very useful for your more general Christmas mailing list. The majority of greeting cards are sold in boxes
– In 2006, 2 billion people in the United States sent cards.
– This means that 85% of people in the United States posted cards in 2006.
– About 33% of greeting cards purchased each year contain a religious message
– Approximately one-third of annual sales Greeting Cards are related to the holiday season
– Christmas cards are the most popular cards of a season. Christmas cards account for 60% of all card sales. A distant second is Valentine's day at 25%
– The United States houses about 3,000 greeting card publishers
– "Merry Christmas" is the favorite text of 54% of greeting card buyers. "Greetings of the season" is loved by 12%, and "Happy Holidays" is preferred by 21%.
– When it comes to deciding which cards to buy, 56% of us make the decision based on the variety of cards available, and for 63%, the price is the most influential factor . Shopping with online distributors can easily satisfy both conditions. Unlike a typical store, they can display more cards without space limitations.
I hope you enjoyed this little ride in the history of the Christmas card. As is obvious, this annual holiday rite is of major interest to everyone, everywhere.