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The History of Greeting Cards

When looking back on the history of greeting cards, it seems clear that the inclination to send them to the people you love is natural for human beings. Since the days of the ancient Chinese and early Egyptian societies, people have been exchanging greeting cards in the form of messages of goodwill scrawled on paper or papyrus scrolls. The tradition caught on, and by the fifteenth century the custom of creating homemade greeting cards spread throughout Europe. The tradition expanded to include Christmas greeting cards only a few centuries later when a member of the British aristocracy hired an artist to design a custom Christmas card to send to friends and acquaintances.

Shortly thereafter, companies started teaming up with well-known artists to mass produce greeting cards for sale in stores. This development led to the creation of greeting cards tailored to a variety of occasions and recipients, including humorous greeting cards and unique alternative greeting cards.

Now, pioneering companies like Tiny Prints are combining online technology with the standard greeting card format to give you ultimate control over the verse, image and style of every greeting card you send. You can even add photos, unique text, people's names and more!

We've come a long way from the early days of greeting cards printed on papyrus scrolls, but one thing remains unchanged—no matter how you decide to send a greeting card, the love, friendship and care behind each card are still the same!

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