The History of Illustrated Cards
The Illustrations themselves first appeared directly on the postcards in England, where at the beginning of the XIX century there was a widely spread custom of sending greeting Christmas card.
The tradition got started in 1794 by the artist Dobson, who had drawn himself and family in a winter landscape, near the Christmas tree. The artist had sent this homemade card to his friend, who liked it quite a lot.
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. Later he also found a businessman, who organized the sale of such cards in 1800. Those was the first trading cards.