This collection contains 237 greeting cards, advertisement cards, and various holiday cards, dating from approximately 1880 to 1915. Some of the cards have hand-written notes to unidentified individuals.
The Christmas card was invented in 1843 in England when Sir Henry Cole contracted his friend, artist John Calcott Horsley, to design and produce cards that he could send for the holidays. Horsley sold the extras he produced, and a business was born. German printer Louis Prang brought the tradition to the United States in 1875. He started a printing business that mass produced greeting cards. The development of printing technology and railroads brought the prices of purchasing cards and mailing them to friends and family who lived far away within the reach of most people. By the late 1800s, sending Christmas cards was popular for most families.
Document; 8.5" x 11"
Greeting cards collection, MSNE.0079
Arkansas State Archives
Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives
Greeting cards collection, Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives, Powhatan, Arkansas.
United States History