Saturday, December 16, 2006

16th Day of Christmas - Christmas Cards

The first Christmas card was sent by Sir Henry Cole to a friend. He had no idea what he had started. In 1843, J.C. Horsely sold the first Christmas card. He printed one thousand and immediately sold out.

Just five years before it would have cost an entire days wages to send a Christmas card, however Sir Rowland Hill came along with the innovation of the penny post. These were tiny square stickers sold for a penny as prepayment for letter delivery.

From the beginning the cards were decorated with Nativity scenes, Christmas themes and colorful images of family hearths.

“Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all
people.” Luke 2:10

1 comment:

Johnny said...

Hello Angela,

Thanks for that great history lesson. That is really great stuff.

Keep pointing out the Kindgom and enjoying the King.

In His dust,