Business cards have been around a long time in one form or another. The Chinese invented calling cards in the 15th century to give people notice that they intended to visit. European merchants invented trade cards in the 17th century to act as miniature advertisements. Mar 12, 2015
Trade cards: 17th Century (England) Trade cards, considered to precede business cards, were used in all parts of England. The earliest forms of trade cards were to be found at the beginning of the 17th century in London.
A visiting card, also known as a calling card, is a small card with one's name printed on it, and often bearing an artistic design.
Unless otherwise requested, a standard business card from Creeds is sized at 85 mm wide x 55 mm high (see diagram below). This size is almost the same as a regular credit or debit card – meaning it will easily fit into a wallet or purse. Oct 4, 2013
Not only is your first impression important, but business cards provide tangible information for others. ... Your business card is a physical object that potential clients can take with them that keeps you or your brand from just being a name that floats around in the ether.