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Greetings on Gold
"The World's Most Elegant Frameable Metal Greeting Card"


Discover History in the Making


Greetings on Gold

Elegant, “Never Before Seen”  Greeting Cards,

the only commercial state-of-the-art card that is
Revolutionizing A 600 Year Old Tradition



The custom of sending greeting cards can be traced back to the ancient Chinese, who exchanged messages of good will to celebrate the New Year, and to the early Egyptians, who conveyed their greetings on papyrus scrolls. By the early 15th century, handmade paper greeting cards were being exchanged in Europe. The Germans are known to have printed New Year's greetings from woodcuts as early as 1400, and handmade paper Valentines were being exchanged in various parts of Europe in the early to mid-15th century, with the oldest Valentine in existence being in the British Museum.[2]

By the 1850s, the greeting card had been transformed from a relatively expensive, handmade and hand-delivered gift to a popular and affordable means of personal communication, due largely to advances in printing, mechanization, and a reduction in postal rates with the introduction of the postage stamp.[3] This was followed by new trends like Christmas cards, the first of which appeared in published form in London in 1843 when Sir Henry Cole hired artist John Calcott Horsley to design a holiday card that he could send to his friends and acquaintances. In the 1860s, companies like Marcus Ward & Co, Goodall and Charles Bennett began the mass production of greeting cards. They employed well known artists such as Kate Greenaway and Walter Crane as illustrators and card designers. The extensive Laura Seddon Greeting Card Collection from the Manchester Metropolitan University gathers 32,000 Victorian and Edwardian greeting cards and 450 Valentine's Day cards dating from the early nineteenth century, printed by the major publishers of the day.[4]

Technical developments like color lithography in 1930 propelled the manufactured greeting card industry forward. Humorous greeting cards, known as studio cards, became popular in the late 1940s and 1950s.

In the 1970s Recycled Paper Greetings, a small company needing to establish a competing identity against the large companies like Hallmark Cards, began publishing humorous "whimsical" card designs with the artist's name credited on the back. This was away from what was known as the standard look (sometimes called the Hallmark look.)[citation needed] By the 1980s there was a thriving market for what were now called "alternative" greeting cards, and the name stuck even though these "alternative" cards changed the look of the entire industry.


While greetings cards can be traced back to the early Chinese and Egyptians, the custom of card exchange only emerged in the early 1400's.  At that time Germans developed printed hand-made paper New Years cards from woodcuts. It wasn’t until 1843, over 400 years later that the first known published Christmas card appeared in London.  In America, in the early 1870’s, a German immigrant, Louis Prang, started a printing business near Boston, and published the first paper commercial Christmas card.


Since that time, with the exception of fad cards such as music and seed cards, and the like, the greeting card industry has remained stagnant in innovative designs. Then, with the arrival of the 20th century technology and the access to the worldwide internet, the revolutionary e-cards made their debut.


     Today, however, gift shops, grocery stores, pharmacies, and other places that carry cards, continue to have rows and rows of the traditional paper greeting cards ranging from 99¢, and up.  Moreover, even though there are approximately 3,000 greeting card publishers in the United States alone, the industry has been dominated by a handful of major publishers such as: Hallmark, American Greeting, Blue Mountain, Carlton, and always with the same disposable paper card that was available in the 19th century.


       Like Prang, one man had a vision — Kenneth Bray, owner of Greeting on Gold, wanted something as special as a Greeting Card to have exceptional value, and moreover, to be a lasting treasure; something more than a paper card, which is ultimately to be disposed of.  So, in 1983 he went about developing a process that would propel this 600 year tradition into the 21st Century.


       In the United States the average consumer purchases 20 cards per year, generating nearly $7.5 billion in retail sales annually for the Greeting Card industry.  Most of those cards end up in a bottom drawer, or worse, in the garbage.

      Bray decided if a consumer was going to spend their hard earned money on a greeting card it should be money well spent. Today, through a revolutionary state-of-the-art process he developed, every card can become a special gift.  


     Bray’s Greetings on Gold offer a complete line of Elegant Goldtone Metal Greeting Cards for every occasion. The quality materials, unique construction and one-at-a-time handmade production offers consumers a value never before afforded. A sturdy Goldtone .25 gauge “non-rust” aluminum plate is mounted on a 5” x 7” thermo-embossed reversible card stock, offering an elegant "never before seen" creation.  When the graphic photographs and poetry fashioned exclusively by author/photographer F. Barish-Stern, are thermal imaged into the metal a beautiful gift is created that has long lasting appeal and value. Commenting about his innovation Bray stated, “The History of Greetings on Gold is truly a labor of love. I wanted people to be able to give a card that would become a cherished memory. By making this elegant card frameable in a standard 5” x 7” frame, or 8” x 10” matted frame, this greeting becomes an Elegant, Never Before Seen, Treasured Gift that is a welcome addition to any home décor, passed down from generation to generation, and, it is only available worldwide through the Greetings on Gold website.”


        Greetings on Gold has begun direct marketing of their exclusive product lines through their internet site at:

      Additionally, Greetings on Gold now offers an exclusive “Private Label” line designed specially for large resorts, casinos, hotels, attractions, etc.. and Artist Cards


        And, if the consumer prefers to create their own custom card, they can do so by contacting us at:

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Thank You For Considering

Greetings on Gold   

for all your gift giving needs!





"The Only
Greeting Card
On The Market
That Is Revolutionizing
A 600+ Year Old Tradition"
artistcardinframeAn Elegant
Greeting Card
That, When Framed,
Will Surely Become A
Welcome New Addition
To Any Home Decor!"
Greetings on Gold
Counter Merchandiser In
Retail Stores, Everywhere
The only greeting card
on the market that,
when framed,
becomes a treasured gift,
for generations to come!

Greetings on Gold
Counter Merchandiser In
Retail Stores, Everywhere
The only greeting card
on the market that, when framed,
becomes a treasured gift,
for generations to come!

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P.O. Box 83,
Troutville, VA 24175


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Tel: 540-591-90211

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