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Gratitude should play an important role in every person’s life. Remind yourself of the amazing people around you, the beautiful memories shared or the helpful advice given by others – it’s a great and positive emotion! So why not share this feeling with your friends and use the day to say thank you to someone? A great and very personal way to do so is sending photo thank you cards.

Of course there are also many other ways to express thanks, but photo thank you cards have one big advantage: You can use the value of both pictures and words. That’s why we at MyPostcard think it’s one of the best methods.

Check out the following advantages of sending a photo thank you card!

Photo Thank You Cards Personalize Your Gratitude

There are plenty of generic thank you cards that you can send to people. But these greeting cards often run into one problem: While designed to feel personal and heartfelt, they can have the opposite effect on their recipients, because after all, they are still mass-market products.

The best way to express genuine, thoughtful and very personal gratitude is by using photo thank you cards. These postcards combine your own words with the power of your own imagery to deliver a strong message. You use your personal photos over a variety of templates. That means you can make every thank you unique.

And behind all that you show the desire to communicate thanks to the people in your life, which every recipient will find beautiful!

Think Of Others & Stand Out

Photo thank you cards are a great opportunity to show that you think of others and want to spread some love. We communicate a lot, but mainly online. Sending messages doesn’t take a lot of effort and we receive many of them daily. However, that also means, we spend a lot of time in front of our screens alone. For all of the ways that technology has brought us closer together, it’s also divided us. So why not use a photo thank you card to really stand out and show that you also think of others offline?

With the photo thank you card you can also make sure, that your gratitude message stays for longer (than just a few seconds on the phone screen). After all, the recipient will have a photo of a shared moment, that he or she will be reminded of forever.

Make Thank You Cards

If you want to make personalized and photographic thank you cards or postcards for your friends and family, you’ve come to the right place. We offer a wide number of templates for people looking to send out a card.

Whether it’s thanking a friend or business associate, greeting people from your vacation destination, or just telling people you’re thinking of them or want to say thank you: We provide you with the options you need to send a message.

Don’t forget to tell people you’re thinking of them. Whether you’re grateful or missing somebody, it goes without saying that you have something to say. So browse our designs and, when you’re ready, please send a photo thank you card today.

Interestingly, postcards haven’t always taken the form they do today. If you look at the history of postcards, over 100 years ago they were restricted by numerous regulations. However, as the industry blossomed, so made the nations love of postcards. Royal Mail reveals that roughly 135 million postcards get sent annually. That’s a whopping 30 million more than three years ago!

They’re a quick, easy, and personal way to connect with loved ones. Alternatively, collecting postcards makes for a fun hobby. Let’s explore the history of postcards a little further.

Postage Innovations and Their Impact on the History of Postcards

Britain introduced their uniform penny postage stamps in 1840. This laid the foundation for the postcard’s popularity.
People were now able to afford the postage of postcards across the country. Before 1840, they calculated postage on how far a postman had to travel.

Additionally, the introduction of stamps, in general, revolutionized the popularity of posting mail. Initially, recipients of the post were expected to pay, not the sender. The mailman would require payment for them to receive their letters. Often, an extended people wouldn’t accept their post so they could avoid the charges. So this was a lose lose situation for everybody.

However, in 1837 drastic changes were made. Weight now dictated the cost of sending a letter, and the fee had to be paid by the sender.


This is where the history of postcards begins. Before the rise of the postcard, people sent cards in the form of sealed letters. People preferred the privacy associated with an envelope. During this era, the design of envelopes was beautiful, covered in stunning imagery. Arguably, this was the first version of the postcard.

However, on February 27th, 1861, we reached a turning point in the postcard industry. US Congress allowed the production of privately printed cards, providing they weighed under one ounce. Shortly after that, John P. Charlton copyrighted the original postcard.

Meanwhile over in Austria – Hungary the first ‘correspondence card’ was issued in 1869. Printing a yellow color two-kreutzer stamp onto the card was mandatory. This measured 122×85 mm.

Similarly to American postcards, one side was for the address, and the other was blank. This allowed the sender space to write their message. Within the first three months, approximately three million ‘correspondence’ cards were sold.

What Impact did the Communication Card in Austria Hungary Have?

Its impact was substantial and left its mark on the history of postcards. Evidently, this form of the postcard was a great success in Austria-Hungary. It was this that sparked the interest of other nations.

The Northern German Confederation followed the craze. Their first cards went on sale on June 25th, 1870.
The size was approximately 163×108 mm, and a stamp had to be stuck using glue. These stamps were the same value as one silver Grosch. At the time, this was a standard fee for posting a regular letter. In just Berlin, roughly 45,000 cards sold on June 25th, 1870 and by the end of 1870, an astonishing over ten million sold across Germany.

When Did Other Countries Get Involved in This Craze?

Soon after, several countries utilized postcards. In 1870 postcards were introduced to the following counties; Bavaria, Wurttemberg and, Switzerland.

A year later in 1871, they appeared in; Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Finland, Canada, and United Germany. In 1872 they spread to Norway, Sweden, Russia, and Ceylon. Then in 1873, they were used in France, Serbia, Spain, Iceland, Chile, and Japan. Eventually, the postcard was a form of communication in 1874 within Italy, Rumania, and Luxemburg.


Under ten years later, Hymen L. Lipman took his inspiration from Charlton and released ‘Lipman’s Postal Cards. Lipman secured his patent in 1861. His postal cards were plain and simple; they only had a decorative border. Similarly, one side was the recipient’s address. This was indicated by three dotted lines, accompanied by a place to stick a postage stamp.
Additionally, the following text was on all Lipman’s cards; ‘Copyright secured 1861 – Lipman’s Post Card – Patent Applied For.’

The industry in the States further grew on June 8th, 1872. This was the date the government approved the production of their postal cards. On May 1, 1873, the first government-issued cards came into circulation. The design of these postcards was as follows: On one side there was space for the sender to write a message and the other there was a place to write the recipient’s address. Despite this development, private publishers were still allowed to distribute postcards. However, they were more costly to send in comparison to cards produced by the government.

What About Britain?

In Britain, Royal Mail didn’t permit publishers to sell picture postcards until 1894. The first British seaside town to feature on a picture postcard was Scarborough. This was a milestone in the British history of postcards.


On May 19th, 1898, it became a level playing field in the States. Legislation demanded the cost to send both private and government-issued postcards to be equal (providing the correct regulations were followed).


In December 1901, there were further changes to the rules associated with postcards. This resulted in the words “Post Card” rather than “Private Mailing Card” printed on the back. However, senders still couldn’t write messages on the address side of the card. During this era, an overwhelming amount of postcards had pictures on them which reduced the space to write a message.
As you can see, this posed a problem.

Meanwhile in Britain

However, over in Britain the hype surrounding postcards was only beginning. To understand how popular they were, you need to compare postcards to what social media is to society today. The Edwardians loved anything novel and postcards were certainly that.
It was popular to send cards shaped of something associated with their holiday destination. To send these cards, you would have to insert the name and address of the recipient alongside a stamp and attach it to a luggage label. Funny enough, these didn’t usually get damaged in the post.

However, by 1914 the hype died down.


This was a pivotal time in the history of postcards. In 1907, the US authorities allowed senders to write messages on the same side of the postcard as the address. However, this only applied to postcards produced by the government. During this time there was a surge in popularity for the postcard in the States. As such, this era’s known as the “Golden Age of Postcards.”

Postcards began utilizing real photos. Pictures were shot, and a negative was printed to fit the size of a postcard. On the back of these cards there was a place to write a message and somewhere to stick a stamp.

For British soldiers fighting in the first world war, soldiers would send beautiful cards to their loved ones back home. These were known as ‘silks.’ These postcards got their nickname because they used beautifully embroidered silk mesh. For many these weren’t just a form of communication, they were also keepsakes and provided hope during an extended period of uncertainty.


During this time, German printers dominated the industry. However, as World War I dawned, American printers began to supply most of the postcards to the US.

Unfortunately, American printers didn’t have access to the same machinery as German printers, so this meant the quality of postcards dropped. It was at this point people began to lose interest in collecting postcards, and it was said to be the death of the “Golden Age.”
Unsurprisingly, printers wanted to save ink during wartime, so they left a white border around the image.

During 1920s Britain, postcards began to have funny pictures printed on them. Bamforth’s postcards pioneered this trend. He would utilize music hall style humor to appeal to those attending seaside holidays.


In the 1930s, new printing techniques emerged. This allowed printers to print postcards with a high rag content. This gave the appearance of linen. Curt Teich & Co., printed the original linen card in 1931. The demand for this style of card spread across the globe. Teich dominated the industry because his processes allowed for a quicker turn around time and higher quality dyes.

However, it was still typical for postcards of this era to have a white border, and the back remained divided. However, photochrome postcards eventually took over. These came onto the market in 1939. They took off when the Union Oil Company delivered this style of a postcard to western service stations.


The postcard industry took a step back during the Second World War. This was due to rationing supplies. However, after 1945, photochrome postcards came back with a bang. They focused on producing cards full of color and images similar to photos.

This is where the history of postcards comes to a close because this is the style of postcard we use today. In modern Britain, royalty fuels the postcard trade. They sell everything from souvenirs of the royal wedding to pictures of the queen’s face. These tend to be purchased by American tourists.

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