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I have a real problem with greetings cards. I know it may seem petty but seriously, look at the facts.
1. If you forget to buy one you're labeled as an insensitive asshole.
2. The only people that are ALWAYS happy about you buying them are Hallmark (well, any card manufacturer, but you get my point).
3. They keep inventing new days to celebrate just so you buy more cards (and get more guilt for forgetting them).
4. Your money is much better spent on something else (condoms spring to mind or why not donate it to charity?)
I f^&king HATE greetings cards. They're wasteful, pointless, and above all a commercial rip-off! I never buy them! I donate a £100 a year to a worthy charity instead. It makes ME feel good.
I always call, e-mail, or speak directly to people instead of sending a card (anniversary, birthday, Christmas, Easter, Valentine's day, mother's day, father's day, get well soon, sorry about..., congratulations on...., and on, and on).
Cards are a cop out! Do something personal. On Valentine's Day why not take the love of your life out for a meal, visti a romantic spot (it's a hell of a lot better than a poxy card). At Christmas, wish people a "Happy Christmas" directly. On Mother's day, VISIT YOUR MOTHER give her that hug she deserves for having put up with you for so long!
Oh yeah, and don't send me cards! Have I said I hate F&*king cards! Call me, e-mail me, come and see me, but in the name of all that is sacred DON'T SEND ME A CARD!
Greetings Cards - History?
Okay, the first greetings cards sent regularly to friends and family date back only 200 years. These were very expensive hand crafted cards sent in the early 1800's. The first "affordable" commercial cards became available in around 1850. (The earliest card in existence dates back to around 1400 but these cards were very much "one offs" not sent regularly on special occasions.)
Christmas cards were introduced and popularized by John Calcott Horsley (1843)
In 1875 Louis Prang created the first American Christmas Card (before this they were imported from England where they had been popular since about 1850.
Esther Howland started producing Valentine's Day cards in the early 1870's. She sold a "thriving business" to George Whitney (note: A BUSINESS!)
Joyce C. Hall started producing its own cards around 1915.
Mother's day (as we now recognize it) dates back to only 1917.
In the US, Father's Day was only officially declared in 1966 by President Lyndon Johnson.
Don't get me wrong, I'm all for celebrating all sorts of occasions, but sending a piece of mass produced card with some stock picture on it. Come on, we can do better than that!
Face it. The greetings card business is BIG BUSINESS. It's got sod all to do with tradition, romance, or celebration.
10/12/2005 12:32 pm
But if you ask anyone that enters competitions, they will tell you, cut them up and you have postcards and they are far more unique than any you can buy in the shop. Heck now everyone knows Im a comping geek. lol|
10/12/2005 1:10 pm
Geek you may be MK but we all love ta |