Hug A Greeting Card Writer Day is dedicated to a very important invention, thanks to which millions of people could express their feelings and congratulate their friends and acquaintances on various holidays and significant life events. It is celebrated annually on September 18.
There is no single version regarding the appearance of this holiday. It is believed the exchange of postcards existed in ancient China. Residents exchanged paper messages for the New Year and some other holidays.
By the 15th century, paper greeting cards were being made in Europe. At the same time, there were options made of engraved wood – they were used by wealthier citizens. Later postcards with congratulatory inscriptions appeared.
The production of postcards on an industrial scale began in the 1860s. Valentines were in great demand. Louis Prang, a native of Germany, is considered the father of postcards in the United States. While living in Boston, he operated his own printing press. The first versions of postcards included images of flowers, animals, and nature. Later, he began to add congratulatory texts for various holidays there.
The distribution of postcards was gaining momentum, because it was one of the easiest and most affordable ways to congratulate a person on a holiday or a solemn event. Today, in the age of digital technologies, people are used to congratulating each other in electronic form. However, greeting cards are still in demand.
- The first greeting card was a ‘valentine’. A 15th century specimen is kept in the British Museum in London.
- Mass printing of greeting cards in the United States was launched by Human Lipman. The government liked the idea and postcards began to be sent by mail officially.
- It is believed the first greeting card in color appeared in 1840. Prior to that, they were exclusively black and white.
How to take part
Send greeting cards to your friends and acquaintances. Get creative! Try to make your own postcard. There are a lot of great ideas on the internet! You can also visit museum exhibitions, which showcase old postcards from different countries.
When is Hug a Greeting Card Writer Day celebrated in 2023?
Hug a Greeting Card Writer Day is observed on September 18 each year.