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December 12, 2018


Christmas Cards
Date: 1900


Sir Henry Cole is credited with inventing the Christmas card. During the holiday season of 1843, Cole saw letters of Christmas greetings from friends begin to pile up quicker than he could respond. Cole had the idea of printing a single design several times, on which he could simply fill out the name of the recipient. He took his design to John Calicott Horsley, an artist and friend, who created a card depicting a family sitting around a table, with the inscription “A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you.” The idea became popular