Henry Cole, a Boston lithographer, is credited for inventing Christmas cards. In the 1880s, he produced more than five millions cards annually. His cards were made using a new process called chromolithography which allows for realistic coloration and detail. These cards were the most popular gift for friends and family in the late 1800s. There are many styles to choose from so you’re sure to find the one that suits your needs.
Christmas cards were traditionally bought by family members and close friends. Today, they are sold for several pounds. Some cards are extremely rare and can fetch thousands. Even the original first-generation card can be considered a unique piece of history and is well worth the price. It might surprise you to learn that Sir Henry’s first cards sold for more than PS22,000 per year. You can still buy a first-generation holiday card for as low a thousand pounds today.