You’ve seen greeting cards everywhere, but you’re probably wondering how it started in the first place. Although letter writing was the primary means of communication before the arrival of the telephone, email, and instant messaging, sending cards with fun designs and a brief message may not seem to be a person’s priority.
Still, it pays to know the history behind traditions and customs, as it gives an exciting insight into the practices that we continue even centuries after they were first created. It also gives you a fun fact to use as an icebreaker when you meet someone, and you don’t want things to get awkward. That’s the point of learning trivia, right?
Here’s how greeting cards started and why the tradition of sending them out endures today: