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History of Holiday Wrapping and Its Connection to Hallmark Cards

 Hallmark Archives historian Samantha Bradbeer stands next to a display of early gift wrap samples.  (Laura Spencer / KCUR)

In the early 20th century, people didn’t have a lot of gift wrap options. Most used brown shipping paper, newspaper, wallpaper or even fabric. The Kansas City-based greeting card giant, Hallmark Cards, gets credit for starting the modern-day gift wrap industry ... 100 years ago. As Laura Spencer reports from Kansas City, it was an invention created out of necessity.

Laura Spencer is a reporter for KCUR Radio in Kansas City. Her story comes to us through the Kansas News Service.


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