Henry Cole, a Boston-based lithographer, is believed to have invented Christmas cards. He was producing over five million cards per year by the 1880s. His cards were produced using a new process called “chromolithography”, which allows for realistic detail as well as coloration. These cards had become the most loved gift for family members and friends by the end of the 1800s. There are many options to choose from, so you’re sure that one will suit your needs.
Traditionally, Christmas cards were purchased by family members and friends. They are now sold for several pounds. Some are rare, and can fetch thousands of pounds. Even the first-generation card is considered a rare piece of history, and well worth the price. You might even be surprised to learn that one of Sir Henry’s earliest cards sold for over PS22,000 a year. Today, you can purchase a first-generation Christmas Card for as low as a few thousand pounds.