The ancient Chinese were known to give messages for the New Year, the ancient Egyptians exchanged written greetings on papyrus. Wood-block printed cards were used in Germany in the 1400’s, but machine-printed greeting cards were not developed until the 1800’s. Sir Henry Cole (1808-188) is credited with being the first person to use mass-produced greeting cards, in the sense that we know them today.
Advances in printing processes in the 1930’s assisted the mass manufacture of greeting cards, making them faster and more cost-effective to produce and more affordable to buy. It wasn’t until the 1970’s other small ‘boutique’ card manufacturers began to emerge.
Today we are blessed to have so much choice in terms of appearance, message and occasion.
Affirmations Publishing House produce many diverse ranges including photographic, mixed media in our Vintage range, hand illustrated, water coloured characters, calligraphic and font driven designs.