The first greeting card was created by John Calcott Horsley for his client, Sir Henry Cole, in 1843. Greetings around holiday time were common and this was the first commercially printed effort and it was considered quite the novelty. But they didn’t really catch on in England until a few years later when the Penny Post was born and it was suddenly very inexpensive to send a greeting card.
The United States soon started their own version of Penny Post and began importing cards from England celebrating Christmas, Easter and New Years. But of course, they had no Thanksgiving cards, so it wasn’t until the 1880’s that Thanksgiving cards were being created in the US. The cards were surprisingly popular, more popular than Thanksgiving cards today. These were mostly not conventional cards that needed envelopes but small post cards that could be mailed very cheaply.
Ellen Clappsaddle and other popular artists of the day published many different Thanksgiving cards each year with Pilgrims, turkeys and the thanksgiving feast as common themes. Cute children and harvest themes were also popular.
ELLEN CLAPPSADDLE CARDS
OTHER HOLIDAY WEBSITES
- Thomas Nast Christmas Cartoons
Thomas Nast is today best known for his political cartoons, but in his time he was also well known for his yearly cartoons starring Santa Claus.
- Romantic Halloween Superstitions
In the 19th and early 20th century there were several superstitions about how you future spouse will appear to you in a vision if you do certain things.
- Louis Prang vintage Christmas Cards
In the late 19th century, Louis Prang and his company developed some of the most elaborate and beautiful Christmas cards ever produced.