While we at Boxed Blooms love to show our appreciation with flowers, there are plenty of other ways to take a moment and acknowledge someone. Sending thank you cards is just one of them and like sending flowers has very traditional routes.
Did you know that at its peak, the postal system in Victorian London was offering up to twelve posts a day? That meant you could invite someone to dinner that evening – and have them reply – all by post on the same day.
Letters have been invaluable throughout history for a peek into the lives of real people in the past. They could be long or short, passionate or matter-of-fact, but there is still something fascinating about the correspondence we have now come to see as old fashioned.
A new innovation came along for the Victorian’s, rivalling its postal service – the telegram. Correspondence now was short and curt thanks to the limits of technology and price. It was also seen, read and forwarded by several strangers. While letter-writing persisted and outlived the telegram it’s clear which form we take our inspiration from now. Texts are short, emails are curt and pictures speak a thousand words as we send each other gifs and emojis in lieu of actual language.
Sending real cards has been relegated to birthdays and festive occasions. Even then, the e-card is becoming ubiquitous. So if you want to make a real impact, a handwritten letter or card is the way to go. Sure you can fire off a quick “thank you” text when someone does you a favour, but what difference would real handwritten thank you cards mean instead?
The art of correspondence is considered all but lost. But a quick note in thank you cards to show you value someone’s contribution or an act of kindness has a bigger impact now than ever.