Free Origin Business Cards

Business cards are made of paper and hence it is only natural that they originated in the same country which is responsible for giving the world paper for the first time, China. The first generation business cards were believed to be in circulation as far back as the 15th century but it was only during the 17th century in France that they began to be accepted by the European aristocracy, especially the French, as a way of announcing the arrival of particularly distinguished guest of honor. During that epoch, they were referred to as ‘visite biletes’, meaning visiting cards in French and soon were incorporated as a part of the traditional formal etiquette.
At the same time, in England, these were referred to as trade cards owing to their use by the English merchants not only as a form of marketing for their products but also as a map to indicate their location. In the absence of street numbers, these cards played a significant role in directing strangers to one’s place of business and hence were deliberately made large in size.
The advent of the 19th century witnessed a tremendous change in the appearance of business cards courtesy of the technological advancements and their application in this field. But they were still limited to the high society wherein the card with a folded upper right corner indicated the presence of the owner, a card folded in the middle meant that it was for all the members of the family, a ‘p.f.’ indicating a congratulatory visit while a ‘p.c.’ a condolence call. Business cards arrived in America towards the end of the nineteenth century and soon donned their role which is continuing even today. Often taken for granted, this card is an essential business requisite since it features all the relevant information about its owner.

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