Henry Cole, a Boston-based lithographer, is believed to have invented Christmas cards. He produced over five million Christmas cards per year by 1880s. His cards were produced using a new process called “chromolithography”, which allows for realistic detail as well as coloration. 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. 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. 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.