Henry Cole, a Boston lithographer, is credited for inventing Christmas cards. In the 1880s, he produced more than five millions cards annually. His cards used a new process known as chromolithography, which allows for realistic detail and coloration. These cards were a popular gift for both family and friends 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 from family members or friends. They can be purchased for several pounds today. Rare cards can fetch thousands of dollars. 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. In fact, today, you can buy a first-generation Christmas card for a few thousand pounds.