Card Stock vs. Cover Stock: History
Card stocks are also called as cover stocks or paste boards. It originates from Europe and was used as a replacement to wood for binding purposes.
- In 1889, Oscar Friedheim card cutting and scoring machine was used for cutting card stocks.
- The machine had the ability to produce 100,000 visiting cards per day.
Vellum Card Stock
- Vellum card stock is a type of card stock made up of vellum. It is a writing material made from kidskin, calfskin, or lambskin.
- Its origin was first registered in Ancient Rome and used in Europe for bookmaking for writing, drawing, and painting.
- In modern times, ancient vellum was replaced by parchment papers.
History of Paste Boards
- Card stocks are also called as cover stocks or paste boards.
- Paste boards were used in Europe during the second quarter of 16th century. It was used as a replacement to wood for binding purposes.
- However, in 17th century, paste boards were replaced by rope-fiber millboards.
- By 1508, pasteboards were used for binding and by 1520, pasteboards were adopted in England.
Other Relevant Insights
- Card stocks are used for making business cards, brochures, menus, programs, and crafts. On the other hand, cover stocks are used for making greeting cards, invitation cards, flat cards, posters, etc.
- Cover stocks are of two types — Bristol and index. Index cover stocks can be coated and uncoated.
- Card stocks can be matte, colorful, glossy, patterned, mirrored, glittered, etc.
Despite a comprehensive search, we were unable to identify the history behind card stocks or cover stocks. This is because information concerning the said subject is scarce in the public domain. The following strategies were deployed to discover the required data:
We analyzed several card stock and print industry articles and press releases such as printingforless, printmoz, thepapermillstore, etc. We only found information on the application of card stocks or cover stocks. This led us to look for historical information on the use of card stocks or cover stocks on keetonsonline, illinoisstate, prestonboard, etc. While most of the information was focused on their origin nothing specific to the use/adoption of card stocks or cover stocks could be traced.
Further, we also searched for the types of card stock to derive historical insights on those types across paper blogs such as bizfluent, popularmechanics, landscapingengon, historyofpaper, etc. We found a few relevant insights which has been included in this brief.
Following this, we discovered the key players of card stock manufacturers on Alibaba, MPI Papers, Indiamart, Neenah Paper, LCI Paper, etc. to find their origin. The idea here was to find the origin of the companies and further discover a few leads to find the history behind card stocks. However, we did not find anything relevant.
As our last resort, we tried to find the history/evolution of paper with a motto to capture insights relevant to the evolution of card stocks/paste boards on PaperRecycles.org, Strathmore Artist Papers, Historyofinformation, and Silk Road Foundation. But, the information focused only on paper boards.