You probably don't put much thought into the history of those little pieces of paper that you hand out and collect at networking events. They act as a vehicle to get your contact information to your potential future boss and might be your key to a new job, but hey—they're just paper, right?

Believe it or not, business cards—in some shape or form—have been around since the 1600s. And they actually have a pretty interesting history. Check out the infographic below to learn just how far your favorite networking sidekick has come in the past few centuries.

Interesting Facts on the Evolution of Business Cards

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