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 used a new process known as chromolithography, which allows for realistic detail and coloration. By the late 1800s, these cards had become the most popular gift for family and friends. 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 from family members or friends. They are now sold for several pounds. 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. Today, you can purchase a first-generation Christmas Card for as low as a few thousand pounds.