The History of Illustrated Cards
Illustrations themselves directly on the postcards first appeared in England, where at the beginning of the XIX century is widely spread custom of sending greeting Christmas card. Established in 1794 by the artist Dobson, who draw himself and family in a winter landscape, near the Christmas tree. The artist sent this homemade card to his friend, who liked it quite a bit.
And so the tradition of the creation of artistic cards intended for friends and relatives, in art circles still exists today, although it evolved quit a bit. In 1795, Dobson published several dozens of Christmas cards and sent them to his friends. He Also found a businessman, who organized the sale of such cards in 1800. Those was the first trading cards.