By Baba. Greeting card. Published at Tuesday, January 09th, 2018 - 22:41:59 PM.
As mentioned above, technology has changed the way we give and receive greetings. From the simple form of a paper greeting card, folded in two with a simple message they have evolved all the way to the online e- cards. However, if you still want to go classic and purchase the paper greeting card you still have many choices. From sizes and shapes all the way to the very creative pop up greetings as well as the musical or recorded messages. The musical or record messages are extra amusing as either they come with a pre-recorded song to go along with the theme of the card that starts to play as soon as you open it, or you can actually record your own message instead of write it somewhere on the card.
According to a dictionary, a greeting card is an illustrated and folded card featuring an expression of friendship and/or other sentiment. That description doesnt really show the thought or feeling behind giving or receiving a card. According to what I have found, the history of greeting cards goes back a long ways. The ancient Chinese exchanged messages of good will to celebrate their New Year and in early Egypt they sent greetings on papyrus scrolls. Papyrus scrolls were made from the Pith or the center of the Papyrus plant which use to be abundant in the Nile Delta of Egypt. The Germans were known to have printed New Years greetings from woodcuts as early as the 1400.
Sending greetings is a traditional method to express love and feelings of affection towards friends, family members and other loved ones. Cards impact the receiver as these carry personal messages, even though these take some time to reach the receiver. Emails and e-cards are faster but still do not touch the heart like a common printed greeting card does.
By the early 1400s, handmade paper greeting cards were being exchanged in Europe. The Germans are known to have printed New Years 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. However, by the 1850s, the greeting card had been transformed from a relatively expensive, handmade and hand-delivered gift to a popular and affordable means of personal communication, due largely to advances in printing and mechanization. This trend continued, fuelled by new trends like Christmas cards, the first of which appeared in published form 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. Technical developments like color lithography in 1930 propelled the manufactured greeting card industry forward.
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