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Ayrshire on a Postcard

Ayrshire on a Postcard

The history of the postcards is brimming with full stops and new phrases (or phases!). This is because the postcard was not simply invented; it developed over the course of many years as people sporadically created and posted cards with messages since the postal service began. In 1777, French engraver Demaison published cards with greetings for people to send through the post, but they were not well received as people were wary of others reading about their personal affairs. Nevertheless, the earliest known picture postcard as we may recognise it today was sent by the writer Theodore Hook to himself in 1840. The card featured a hand painted design, and was likely meant as a practical joke as his design was a caricature of postal workers.

 

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