Hug A Greeting Card Writer Day 2023: Let’s give back to the authors who give us the words to express these emotions… Celebrate Hug A Greeting Card Writer Day with us! This day is celebrated annually on September 18 to recognize the extraordinary talents of these authors. Even though we do not know who created this day, we are all for celebrating it.
Hug A Greeting Card Writer Day 2023: HISTORY
The practice of exchanging congratulatory cards dates back to ancient times. According to historical records, the Ancient Chinese exchanged messages of benevolence during the New Year. Ancient Egyptians even employed papyrus manuscripts as ‘greeting cards.’
Paper greeting cards, including the valentine, the earliest greeting card, were produced in Europe by 1400, and Germans were sending woodcut cards. A century later, greeting cards with inscriptions were introduced, and by the 1800s, hand-painted copper plates were in high demand. Multiple advancements in printing during the same time period made the salutation extremely popular and accessible. The commercial production of greeting cards began in 1860, and the very first cards (with affixed Christmas ornaments and verses) were, of course, Valentines. Around this time, German immigrant Louis Prang, also known as the “father of the American Christmas card,” settled in Boston and launched a printing business, causing the greeting card industry to flourish. Before creating seasonal greetings in 1875, he began with simple album cards of plants, birds, and animals, to which he later added. His cards were immensely popular in America and around the world. He even began design competitions in 1880, a tradition that was perpetuated by Hallmark, with the Hallmark Cards Art awards. Prior to the introduction of economical greeting cards by European manufacturers, he dominated the market for greeting cards. From 1900 until World War I, Germany monopolized the greeting card industry. The American-made playing cards returned with a bang in 1910 and acquired momentum during both World Wars. They then adopted the practice of exchanging cards on seasonal and regular occasions, and U.S. manufacturers of greeting cards assumed the global leadership position.
Among them was the card company Hall Brothers, later renamed Hallmark, which originally produced image postcards. The card company founded by Joyce Clyde Hall and his sibling in Kansas City had a successful run for approximately five years before sales began to decline. The term ‘hallmark’ was chosen because it was used by goldsmiths to designate a “mark of quality.” Hallmark was the first company to exhibit cards standing up on shelves. Previously, they were placed in cabinets. Currently, the world is transitioning to a paperless society, but greeting cards are still popular in many countries, including the United States.
HOW TO MARK HUG A CARD WRITER DAY
Motivate the authors
People who are proficient at composing the ideal words at the ideal time are exceptional. Encourage this talent; assist them in honing their skills in any way you can, such as by providing information about writing workshops or simply by offering words of encouragement. Who knows, perhaps one of the individuals you encourage and support will become a greeting card writer.
Make your own holiday card
Enroll in courses that teach you how to make greeting cards from inception, and be sure to include your own, preferably handwritten, sentiments. That makes the notes more special.
Visit a museum of greeting cards.
There are numerous museums around the world that feature unique, humorous, best, and even odd greeting cards. Explore the Smithsonian Design Museum, National Museum of American History, and Cooper Hewitt collections.
5 AMUSING FACTS ABOUT HOLIDAY CARDS
Myself and my companion
According to a survey conducted by the American Animal Hospital Association, 70% of individuals include their pet’s name on greeting cards.
There is a competition for greeting cards.
Since 1988, the International Greeting Cards Award Competition, also known as the Louies and named after Louis Prang, has recognized the finest cards annually.
White House sends a greeting card.
In 1927, President Calvin Coolidge sent out the first official Christmas card from the White House, a tradition that has persisted ever since.
Many greeting cards
In 2010, a survey revealed that approximately 170 billion greeting cards were sent annually in the United States.
Extravagant greeting cards
Gilded Age Greetings sells greeting cards with prices between $395 and $4,995; some are even embroidered with actual gold!
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