Where did the tradition of sending Christmas cards come from

Posted: August 14th, 2013 | Author: | Occasional

Each of us knows the habit of sending to family, friends and acquaintances beautiful, colorful Christmas cards with heartfelt wishes for  Christmas. But do we know where exactly did this tradition come from? It turns out that the custom came to us from the British Isles.  The idea of a Christmas postcard came in 1834 from the Director of Museum of Victoria and Albert in London, Sir Henry Cole.

Steve took it / photo on flickr

Steve took it / photo on flickr

He stated that writing letters of wishes for a very wide circle of friends takes too much of his precious time. He decided to hire  painters who created Christmas bear cartoon with greetings, duplicated it in print, and then distributed it. A first  Christmas card, showing family rising toast was created by a London artist John CalcottHorsley. But perhaps the inspiration for imaginative served director a concept of artist from London, William MawEgleya who was the first, a year before printing  Cole postcards, to send the friends pictures with hand-painted greetings.

In 1869, Professor Emanuel Hermann proved that this form of correspondence is considerable and its saving  time and paper. On October 1st 1869 there were released the first postcards. After some time, the tradition of sending greeting cards also came to Poland However, there was a problem with finding Polish name for these wonderful inventions. In 1900, a competition for name won, Henryk Sienkiewicz

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