The story of Christmas cards is shrouded in controversy. An account is that a 16-year-old boy pitted the first map in 1842, by the name of William Maw Egley. This map showed a picture of Christmas dinner, skaters, dancers and the poor get gift certificates. Inside, said the message "A Merry Christmas and a happy new year for you." This map is still available.
The first Christmas greeting is often Sir Henry Cole, not William Egley, attributed to, although Egley of a map clearly to was before Coles. In 1843, Sir Henry Cole, commissioned the directory of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England, Christmas cards, one popular artists currently represented by John Callcott Horsley.
The figure of this unilateral stirred controversy because shows parents and a small child drinking scene glasses of wine, as well as the hungry fed and clothed the naked is (although they were shown completely attracted). Read "Merry Christmas and a happy new year for you." of the message, printed on a banner in the middle of the map A thousand cards of Summerby of the home Treasury Office dealt were and were sold for a shilling. 1000 Printed there are only 12 of the original to this day.
Not everyone liked the idea of Christmas cards. Some Protestant groups approved by them until the 1900s. Cole's time people complained that the cards were too secular and that she would help children develop poor morale, "alcoholism and intemperance."
Overall, the general public loved the idea of sending cards for Christmas. In the beginning, Christmas cards hand were delivered with a calling card. In the 1840s British shipping cards to each other and the early 1850s began, the idea of sending Christmas cards spread in other countries on the European continent.
In contrast to our modern Christmas cards, the religious or winter themes, early maps were quite secular function. You were more pictures of flowers, fairies and other spring scenes show. Images of children and animals were used in the course of time. More a collage as a card, at least in the modern way of thinking, this Christmas cards in elaborate shapes cut and increasingly ornate materials. An early map is material still in existence today, 750 individual pieces sewn together. Silk, pearls, satin glass had other cards, tassels, dried flowers and other ornate decorations attached.
The tradition of giving Christmas cards to family and friends succeeded not across the pond to America for 17 years. In the year of 1874 German immigrants and lithographer, Louis Prang first American holiday greeting cards printed. The fronts of his cards were similarly decorated with flowers and birds, the English spring themed cards. At first he sent his cards to England because send cards not yet in the States had made an en masse. In the year 1875 began Prang sell his cards in America.
In 1881, which produced Prang lithography business about five million holiday cards per year. At this time began the fronts of the cards do have winter scenes, fireplaces and children with toys. Mr. Prang was a stickler for quality craftsmanship. Today his cards by collectors all over the world are in demand. Unfortunately for Mr. Prang, others imitated his style and cards make more low-cost, to walk him out of the business could finally caused.
Christmas card industry in a multi-billion dollar industry, selling over 4 million cards per year with American Greetings and Hallmark cards has grown to control 80% of the market's 168. The average person will send about 20 Christmas cards every year. The tradition holiday map is ever in Western cultures embedded.
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