The History of Thank You Notes

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A formal thank you note
A formal thank you note (Image: silver thank you image by Brett Mulcahy from Fotolia.com)

"A personal, handwritten, thank-you note is the finest form of expressing gratitude," according to Advanced Etiquette. Take the time and effort to show genuine appreciation with a handwritten note card, as people have done for hundreds of years.

Early Thank You Notes

Messages of fortune and goodwill on slips of papyrus were the first known greetings exchanged in Chinese and Egyptian culture. In the 1400s, Europeans practiced exchanging notes as a new way of social expression, writing on paper and hand delivering greeting cards locally. In 1856, Pouis Prang, a German immigrant, brought greeting cards and notes to America.

Early notes were written and delivered by hand.
Early notes were written and delivered by hand. (Image: manuscript image by Sergey Galushko from Fotolia.com)

Postage Stamps

Postage stamps, invented in 1840, launched the idea of sending notes and cards into the mainstream. It became common to purchase printed notes and cards with artwork created by artists. Etiquette books began recommending appropriate practices for writing and sending thank you notes.

Postage stamps made sending thank you notes easier.
Postage stamps made sending thank you notes easier. (Image: stamp image by hugy from Fotolia.com)

Electronic Cards

Technology has taken a primary role in sending and receiving thank you notes, invitations and general greetings. Electronic cards (ecards), are created on a computer and sent digitally. Even an ecard thank you note should be sent with a personal message of heartfelt thanks.

Digital ecards are a quick way to send a message of thanks.
Digital ecards are a quick way to send a message of thanks. (Image: Thank you image by Warren Millar from Fotolia.com)

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