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 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 by friends and family. They can be purchased for several pounds today. They are rare and can fetch thousands. Even the first-generation card is considered a rare piece of history, and well worth the price. Surprised to learn that one Sir Henry’s earliest cards sold at over PS22,000 per annum. Today, you can purchase a first-generation Christmas Card for as low as a few thousand pounds.