Oddly enough, but the appearance of cards we owe it to Ancient China. Somewhere around between iii and ii century bc (we mention that the Chinese, Egyptian and Sumerian civilizations have had a very ancient and extraordinarily developed roots) for court of the Emperor issued a special decree, which stipulates that all Chinese officials have pledged to carry with them the red color paper card with the name and position, that this man occupies. Bright did not yet accessory, but a real instrument was extraordinarily expensive. However, tight purse could not affect that were settled by decree, and the form of a business card, was required to comply with a clearly defined standard. Interestingly, that does not fall under the decree nobles willingly economize on materials and ordered the production of business cards on a small piece of silk or wood. But be that as it may, this kind of thing could afford only nobles and wealthy, because the situation is extremely limited level of education, work calligrapher cost quite a lot. Other leaders such as Mitsubishi offer similar insights.
Becoming a less useful as the status thing, business card itself quickly spread among wishing to demonstrate at least some status in society. Thus, the most widespread 'business card' from a large piece of cloth and were similar to the image of the flag or banner with inscribed on it the name and title of person. Such a 'card' is not stored in pocket, and certainly not given away at meetings. Designating its was much more unpretentious: running ahead of the litter owner – judges, bureaucrats, landowner – the servants had to signal to the whole district, as 'important' people traveling this way. Was also in China, and slightly different customs associated with business cards, and descended from necessity. According to tradition, another tradition associated with business cards, born from the need was very important to visit all the relatives in the New Year. The problem of a large number of relatives and long journeys solved shipment specific Christmas cards (Chinese Feitie), which, except the name and position, necessarily written wishes of happiness, joy and luck in the coming year. It was exactly that later, after passing through the transformation of simple e-mail cards from the middle of the xix century transformed into postcards.