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. 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.
In recent years, photo greeting cards have gained widespread popularity and come in two main types. The first type are photo insert cards in which a hole has been cut in the centre. A photo slides in just like a frame. The second type are printed photo cards in which the photo is combined with artwork and printed, usually on a high-end digital press, directly onto the face of the card. Both types are most popular for sending holiday greetings such as Christmas, Hanukkah, and for baby showers.
Emailed, hand-delivered, or posted with a stamp, greeting cards are timeless expressions of thoughtfulness. Images and texts capture your message and speak for you in a personalized, custom greeting from our extensive gallery of selections. Every card is both printable and available to share online via email, Facebook or whatsapp and our Card Maker walks you through the simple process of using our template, step by step. Celebrate a birthday, congratulate an anniversary, express your thanks, say you’re sorry, or send caring thoughts for any holiday or occasion on the calendar from your computer, phone, or tablet. You’ll find designs and styles for every taste, and it’s easy to edit the text or write your own, add photos, and embellish with sticker images that match the mood of your card.
Looking for the perfect greeting card? Whether you are wishing a friend happy birthday, telling that special someone how much you love them, sending get well wishes, or celebrating a major milestone, Hallmark has the perfect greeting card for every occasion. Choose from our vast selection of cards either online or in a store near you and find the perfect message. Hallmark has been making greeting cards for over 100 years, and knows how to make every moment special – find a card today to share your message with your loved one in a way they will always remember.
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.