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Business cards are an indispensable part of every businessman’s professional image. They have a long tradition which dates back to 15th century China and 17th century Europe.

Initially, small visiting cards were given out when someone wanted to pay a visit to a member of the upper class. Visiting cards served as a polite form of introduction, so the first impression that they created was very important. Houses used to have special trays in the hallways so that the guests could leave their cards in them, giving the lord or lady some time to familiarise themselves with the information provided.

In the 20th century, to the utter disgust of the aristocrats, lower classes adopted the idea of cards and started to use them for business purposes, much like we do today.

At present, despite the expansion of social media, business cards are still in common use. Business card sizes may vary from a country to another but there are two standard sizes:

Country/standard
Dimensions (mm)
ISO 216, A8
74x52
ISO 216, C8
81x57
Canada
89x51
China
90x54
Czech Republic
90x50
France
85x55
Germany
85x55
Hungary
90x50
Italy
85x55
Japan
91x55
Netherlands
85x55
Scandinavian countries
90x55
Slovakia
90x50
Spain
85x55
Switzerland
85x55
UK
85x55
USA
89x51


Did you know?

Meishi is the name for a Japanese business card. Exchange of meishi cards is a celebrated tradition: the way in which you hand your card is very important for your image and the further relationship with the recipient. You need to bow and offer your meishi with both hands held at the level of your chest. Also, the card should be taken out of a special card case, as giving a card warmed by the  touch of your hand is considered rude.

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Top Discussions

~ hennas 2023-01-19 10:34:23

i though highland in scotland may have made the list tbh

~ pcp 2021-07-23 05:33:13

Technically Scotland doesn't count because they abolished the use of counties, hence why Inverness shire is not on the list.

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