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, called chromolithography. This allows for realistic detail. By the late 1800s, these cards had become the most popular gift for family and friends. There are so many options that you can choose from that you are sure to find the right one for your needs.
Christmas cards were traditionally bought by family members and close 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. One of Sir Henry’s earliest cards was sold for more than PS22,000 each year. You can still buy a first-generation holiday card for as low a thousand pounds today.