Approximately 94 million cards are exchanged annually in the United States for Father’s Day, making it the fourth largest card-sending holiday in the U.S. according to Hallmark’s corporate website.
Here are some fun facts about Father’s Day cards from Hallmark’s corporate website.
- Father’s Day is always the third Sunday in June.
- Fifty percent of all Father’s Day cards are for dads. Around 15 percent are purchased for husbands and the rest are purchased from other categories including: sons, brothers, uncles, grandfathers and someone special.
- The top two cards bought include: Dad from Daughter and cards from a family or group.
- Humor cards account for 30 percent of Father’s Day sales.
Here are some more fun facts from Hallmark’s corporate website about the history of Father’s Day.
- The first known Father’s Day card was carved in clay nearly 4000 years ago by a Babylonian youth named Elmesu.
- William Jackson Smart is the inspiration for Father’s day.
- Smart’s daughter, Sonora Louise, got the idea for Father’s Day after listening to a sermon in church about Mother’s Day in 1909.
- Sonora Louise encouraged her local churches to observe Father’s Day the following year in the month of June (her father’s birth month). Word spread to neighboring towns and cities.
- Hallmark began creating Father’s Day cards in the early 1920s.
- However, Father’s Day wasn’t nationally recognized until President Nixon signed a resolution in 1972 declaring Father’s Day the third Sunday in June.
So this Father’s Day, give that special man in your life a card that says how much he means to you.