David Kirkpatrick

October 29, 2009

Business cards from the 1400s to today

Filed under: Business — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 6:23 pm

The history of the humble business card can be traced back to China in the 1400s, but the story takes off in 17th century France with visiting cards, or visite biletes. These were introduced during the reign of the sun king, Louis XIV. The first use of a hand-sized card for business also dates to the 1600s in London with tradecards. These predecessors to the modern business card were used for advertisement and provided maps to shops distributing the tradecards.

Before printing technology made newspapers and periodicals widespread and cost-effective, business cards were a primary source for advertising and communication. Printing technology also worked in the favor of business and visiting cards by adding color and other options. In the mid-1800s visiting cards became popular in the United States and eventually led to a firm distinction between visiting and business cards.

Today business cards are a staple of business communication and introduction even with the advent of digital alternatives. If you are looking for an online business card, letterhead or customized envelope solution, hit the link way up there in the first sentence to head to Businesscards.com. You have free reign to create any design for your card using the Businesscards.com editing tool, and you’re offered multiple printing options.

From the link:

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