Christmas Cards Throughout History

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As with all things, Christmas cards have changed dramatically since their inception. Cards actually originated way back in the Victorian Era. In the 1920’s, Christmas cards really took on steam. At this point in history, the card designs and greetings were all religious cards. They had their own unique charm. In the years that followed, changes started to take place, and by the 1940’s, cards were moving further away from the religious theme. You could find Christmas cards with characters such as Mickey Mouse and Betty Boop.

From the 1960’s until about 2000’s, things really took a turn. Cards were getting cheekier in their humor. This period of time in general is known for the freedom movements and edginess. Naturally, Christmas cards followed suit. While there were still plenty of classic religious cards to be found, the majority of people were looking at cards with pushed towards humor and varying themes. Commercialism rose to an all-time high. Along with this change, the cost of greeting cards began to rise.

Present day greeting cards have evolved to include all extremes and everything in the middle. You can find cards truly inspired by the spirit of Christmas. As you browse the selections, you will also see some middle of the ground – not overtly religious but just offering peace and happiness. Then, there is the totally funny and outrageous. There are cards for everyone out there these days. Throughout time, greeting cards have evolved into a booming industry.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

MELLY September 27, 2018 at 3:23 pm

This is very informative. I did not know Christmas cards go as far back as the 1920s. It would be pretty interesting to see one of those today .

Nikki September 28, 2018 at 9:15 am

If you don’t find a card on the Gallery Collection Site. You must be Scrooge. Bah Humbug!

dawn c October 10, 2018 at 9:52 am

I would like to see a company like The Gallery Collection bring back some vintage christmas designs.

Lupin October 15, 2018 at 11:47 am

I second Nikki’s comment!

Alex November 2, 2018 at 1:18 pm

I would love to see more vintage cards too. Styles return!

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