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, mechanization, and a reduction in postal rates with the introduction of the postage stamp.[4] This was followed 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. In the 1860s, companies like Marcus Ward & Co, Goodall and Charles Bennett began the mass production of greeting cards. They employed well known artists such as Kate Greenaway and Walter Crane as illustrators and card designers. The extensive Laura Seddon Greeting Card Collection from the Manchester Metropolitan University gathers 32,000 Victorian and Edwardian greeting cards and 450 Valentine's Day cards dating from the early nineteenth century, printed by the major publishers of the day.[5]

The Greeting Card Association is an international trade organization representing the interests of greeting card and stationery manufacturers. John Beeder, former president of the Greeting Card Association, says greeting cards are effective tools to communicate important feelings to people you care about: "Anyone feels great when they receive an unexpected card in the mail. For me, there’s nothing like a greeting card to send a special message. I’m proud to be a part of an industry that not only keeps people connected, but uses both imagery and the power of words to help us express our emotions.”


Elegant thank you cards are the perfect follow-up to your sophisticated wedding celebration. The designs available in this collection are simple yet absolutely stunning, plus you'll have a huge variety to choose from. Finding elegant thank you notes to reflect your distinctly beautiful wedding style is easy when shopping this collection but if you're not finding the right design, we recommend shopping vintage thank you cards. The patterns and motifs found in the vintage collection will represent your elegant style perfectly. Both collections include motifs that are sure to satisfy your search for anything from minimalist to luxury thank you cards.
Kids are all about their birthdays, and we have hundreds of birthday cards for kids, including age-specific cards and featuring favorite licensed characters from Disney, Star Wars, My Little Pony, Spider-Man and many more. You'll even find twins birthday cards for those lucky enough to share a birthdate. If you're throwing a birthday party, use our fill-in-the-blank birthday invitations for quick, affordable invites. 

Anymore, the price of a card can nearly equal a premium coffee, so “free” is a breath of fresh air, and you won’t encounter fine print exceptions or surprise fees. Complete your Printable Card project using your home printer or send your creation as an eCard from our site via email or Facebook from your computer, phone, or tablet. You can even download the image or PDF file and save it to portable storage media, if you’d like to take your design to a local shop for printing. As always, there’s no charge from us.
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