In today’s time, you have the opportunity to walk into any corner shop and pick birthday cards with lame birthday quotes. Or worse from some hipster joint selling wanky coffee which has passed through the arse of some marsupial. Greeting cards can be found everywhere today, irrespective of whether its in a grocery store, a gift shop or even a pharmacy… which is supposed to sell pile cream and condoms.
Birthday cards surprisingly, have the most intriguing of origins. Most people are not properly familiar with the history and tradition of birthday cards…possibly as they don’t give a shit. Have you ever thought who sent the first birthday card? Do you ever wonder, how did this tradition start and who started it? Probably not, but cardshit.com is going to tell you anyway…
The tradition of sending greeting cards dates back to ancient China and Egypt, where handwritten greeting cards were exchanged to pass on the feelings of love. The first global event for which greeting cards were exchanged was the Chinese New Year.
With the advent of the postage stamp, the sending and exchanging of birthday cards became famous in the 1800’s, when this process became fairly cheap and inexpensive. Moving on, in 1856, the first German owned American greeting card company came into existence, producing Christmas Cards. In the early 1930’s the colour printing process meant birthday cards and greetings cards could be produced en masse.
Louis Prang — creator of the modern greeting card
After the colour printing process began, the manufacturers spread their wings and started producing cards for Valentine’s Day, which was celebrated by your grandparents with excitement and pleasure. However, the real revolution started after the 1950’s when manufacturers remembered that there were other events as well they needed to cover.
The next time you reach for a birthday card without even looking at it, pause and give it some thought. When you wish someone happy birthday with a card make them laugh not just smile. You are wishing them a happy ‘you’re one year closer to death’ after all. So don’t even go outdoors, don’t risk getting knocked over or having to feign being pleasant to people in the street, instead use those chubby thumbs of yours to visit cardshit.com.
We’ll do your thinking for you, albeit in a rather crude way.
We’re not afraid to print what you really think. Our puns will offend some people, but, that’s the point. As long as someone out there is Lol’ing or ROFL’ing then we’re happy little potty mouths.
Originally published at www.cardshit.com