The custom of sending Christmas cards was started in the United Kingdom in 1843 by Sir Henry Cole. He and his artist friend, John Horsley, had the idea of Christmas cards. They designed the first card and sold them for 1 shilling each.
Christmas Cards appeared in the United States in the late 1840s but were very expensive. In 1875, Louis Prang, a printer who was originally from Germany and had worked on early cards in the UK, started mass producing cards so more people could afford to buy them.
Prang's first cards featured flowers, plants and children.
Homemade cards became popular in the 1910s and 1920s. They were often unusual shapes, had decorative foil and ribbon on them, and were usually too delicate to send through the mail so were given by hand.
In 1915, John C. Hall and two of his brothers created Hallmark Cards, who are still one of the biggest card makers today!