Greeting cards offer a cultural snapshot of world events, slang, social norms and design styles that reflect what Americans have experienced over the past century. Check out the Hallmark slideshows below for examples.

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20s Dads: Put 'Er There

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1920s — Cards were hand-colored before printing evolved, and this one offered Dad a hand as well.

30s Dads: Sweet Ride

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1930s — This Father's Day card honored the dad who was proud of his wheels.

40s Dads: Hat

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1940s — Was Dad a fashion plate in the 1940s? Not so much...

40s Dads: All the News

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1940s — Images of fathers sitting in their favorite chair, reading the newspaper, were popular at this time, and for decades beyond as well.

50s Dads: Great Catch

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1950s — Hunting and fishing were common Father's Day themes mid-century and beyond.

50s Dads: In the News

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1950s — Here's a Fifties father getting his daily dose of news along with a Father's Day tribute.

60s Dads: Pip

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1960s — Dad releases his inner hippie for a groovy Father's Day.

60s Dads: Still Reading the Paper

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1960s — Again in his favorite chair, with his favorite reading material...

70s Dads: Bowling

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1970s — Depictions of Dad in pursuit of their hobbies have been popular Father's Day images, like this scene of Bowling Dad...

70s Dads: Golfing

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1970s — And if he wasn't a bowler, never fear, there were golfing and fishing choices as well.

80s Dads: Golf and Grill

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1980s — Dad brings home the bacon (or steaks) and cooks it on the grill.

80s Dads: Great Dad

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1980s — Dad's always been a great guy, and now we're telling him so.

90s Dads: Checked the Oil

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1990s — Every grown daughter knows that "Have you changed the oil in your car?" is Dad-speak for "I love you."

90s Dads: Relax

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1990s — Finally! No fishing, no golfing, but a day to relax!

2000s Dads: Mahogany

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2000s — Dad gets to shine as a helping, loving hand with the family.

2000s Dads: Concentrate

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2000s — Poking fun at Dad's habits was one of the signs of Father's Day times.

2000s Dads: Music

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2000s — Music added fun to Father's Day cards as the century turned...

2010s Dads: Recordable

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2010s — Little ones can sing or speak a special message to Dad with recordable sound cards.

2010s Dads: Nemo Webcam Greeting

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2010s — It looks like a normal greeting card, but hold it up to a webcam, and see the design come to life on your computer screen. A Father's Day greeting that's a century ahead of where we began...

2010s Dads: Hands

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2010s — Love you still. Technology may change, but the need for love and connection do not.

Happy Father's Day!

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    The jolly old elf might be timeless, but his look has changed over a hundred years.

  • Be Mine Over Time

    Expressions of love debuted early in Hallmark’s history, growing bolder as the culture evolved.

  • Mom Sweet Mom

    From teapots to technology, how we've honored our mothers over time.

  • Pop Culture Rules

    Movie stars, fashions and fads – they're part of popular culture, which means they're also part of our cards.

  • Technology in the Cards

    Typewriters then, texting today... see how cards reflect our technological progress.

  • Tough Times, Good Wishes

    Even in difficult times – especially in difficult times – cards help us stay connected.

  • You Know You're A Boomer If...

    Boomers' lives and milestones are well chronicled in Hallmark's first century.

Fun Fact

In 1915, Hall Brothers purchased engraving presses to begin printing and publishing greeting cards, becoming a manufacturer for the first time.