Henry Cole, a Boston-based lithographer, is believed to have invented Christmas cards. In the 1880s, he produced more than five millions cards annually. His cards used a new process, called chromolithography. This allows for realistic detail. These cards were the most popular gift for friends and family in the late 1800s. There are so many options that you can choose from that you are sure to find the right one for your needs.
Traditionally, Christmas cards were purchased by family members and friends. They can be purchased for several pounds today. Some are rare, and can fetch thousands of pounds. Even the original, first-generation card is considered an incredibly special piece of history and 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. A first-generation Christmas card can be purchased for as little as 1000 pounds today.