Henry Cole, a lithographer from Boston, is credited with the invention of Christmas cards. He produced over five million Christmas cards per year by 1880s. His cards were produced using a new process called “chromolithography”, which allows for realistic detail as well as coloration. These cards were the most popular gift for friends and family in the late 1800s. There are so many different styles to choose from that you’re bound to find one that suits your needs.
Christmas cards were traditionally purchased by friends and family. They can be purchased for several pounds today. 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.