The History of the Humble Greetings Card

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It’s hard to imagine a time when this was not the norm, but of course, before such luxuries as posting and printing, the creation and sending of a card was really a special occasion. In this modern age there is a card for every occasion, whether you’ve seen another year go by, passed an important test (driving or exams) or simply been a good friend recently – there’s a card to express your sentiments! It’s hard to imagine a time when this was not the norm, but of course, before such luxuries as posting and printing, the creation and sending of a card was really a special occasion. Cards in History Though the tradition of sending good wishes can be traced back centuries in many forms, the humble greetings card we know and love today began to take its form in the 1400’s. The cards were handmade, hand-delivered and therefore quite expensive. It wasn’t until the mid-1800’s that the practice became commercialised with easy printing and affordable postage, though they still remained out of reach from the working classes due to their luxury status. A Poetic Message The practice of sending good wishes for special occasions is just as popular today, but posting the same thing year after year can become tiresome, for the giver and the receiver. Our Flowercards have always been personalised but now a range of specially pre-printed greetings with poetic messages can transform your greetings into something truly heartfelt. Cornflower Wishes, from our Poetry Collection will cheer anyone’s day with how much you care. A little poem can be proudly displayed alongside these pink blossoms in their vintage inspired casing and bring a smile to all who see it! Cards Today No other country has such a tradition for sending cards as the UK. – millions are sent each year – so make sure those you send have something special about them. Whatever the reason or occasion may be, a carefully picked bouquet will say more than a card ever could on its own. This vintage posy Wedding Bouquet is a classic interpretation of wedding day romance with its faded blooms, and the pretty poem to accompany it, is sure to make any bride glow with happiness on her big day. Equally, the understated elegance of this Silver Anniversary card is sure to bring a touch of wedding day chic 25 years on with scented crisp white freesias among a frisson of foliage. Flowers Sent With Love Flowers have long been sent to express feelings, but sending beautiful blooms to one’s sweetheart became extremely popular in the Victorian era when flowers were first used in Floriography, the language of love. For thousands of years flowers have been used to add beauty to an occasion or show gratitude and love. Our Gratitude with its dazzling display of orchids will show someone that their help and kindness is greatly appreciated, or show your love with these rambling blooms Loving Thanks Thanks of pink lisanthus and scatterings of gypsophila. Though hundreds of years have passed since the first humble greetings card was sent, and its appearance and mode of transportation has changed somewhat, the heartfelt feelings behind them have not altered. Show how much you care for that special someone by sending a card or gift, so they know you are thinking of them even if you cannot be with them in person!