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]
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Artist Notes:	Wish your wonderful friend a Happy Birthday and let them know how special their friendship is to you. The card front reads "Just once in a blue moon does a wonderful friend like you come along!" and it is illustrated by a deep blue night sky filled with stars and illuminated by a beautiful blue full moon. A blue moon does not happen often, and it is considered the second full moon to occur in one calendar month. A month with two full moons only happens, on average, once every two-and-a-half years, so saying "Once in a Blue Moon" means "not very often". A blue moon is as special as your forever friend's birthday, and a great way to describe how deeply appreciated your special friendship is. The verse reads: Our friendship has seen so many milestones ... a few marked with tears, but most marked with laughter. And while we may have to count to remember just how long we've been friends, it seems like forever. That's just what it will remain ... forever. Happy Birthday, Forever Friend!

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.
Hallmark birthday cards cover every age or milestone—from the cutest cards for first birthdays to 100th birthdays, we have a card for that! You'll also be able to browse Spanish birthday cards (including Quinceañera cards), plus a host of other languages, including French, Italian, Japanese and even Braille. We have hundreds of birthday gift ideas, as well as a huge selection of colorful birthday gift wrap and fun birthday party supplies like napkins and candles, so if you know someone who has a birthday coming up soon, make Hallmark your one-stop shop for all things birthday—minus the cake!
Don’t limit yourself, though. Offer your good sentiments unsparingly (but prudently) with our free online greeting cards. We’re happy to prompt you with bon mots for every moment—and a few just-because cards for no moment in particular. Send a good luck card to wish a friend a sporting chance or a congratulations card if their victory outpaced you. For a recipient who’s more than a friend, letters of love are a perfect way to supplement your sweet nothings with romantic designs. (If you’re thinking about lust, we’ll defer to your better judgment on that.) We do hope you’ll have a chance to follow up with an anniversary card—you can schedule it in advance to avoid forgetting, but be sure to pick up a good gift, too.
If you’re celebrating a birthday boy, you’ll find cards with charming animal illustrations and adventurous forest landscapes perfect for the plucky lad in your life (and all his future derring-do). Those entering their quarter- or mid-life crises deserve a card featuring sharp suiting, refined cocktails, and other trappings of fashionable maturity—it’s not so bad, we swear. Toast or roast the distinguished older gentleman in your life with funny birthday cards for men that make light of all those extra candles on the cake. Dry wit from The New Yorker and Derek Blasberg keeps the comedy fit for an evening at the Cafe Carlyle. Gents of any age will appreciate a card that features frosted gateaus, cream cakes, and other edible birthday indulgences. If you’d prefer to focus on the memories, a photo birthday card with an elegant typographic design or border frame lets you send a particularly sweet portrait of your jolly good fellow as you remember him best.
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