Henry Cole, an American lithographer, is the one who invented Christmas cards. In the 1880s, he produced more than five millions cards annually. His cards used a new process, called chromolithography. This allows for realistic detail. These cards were the most popular gift for friends and family 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 bought by family members and close friends. Today, they are sold for several pounds. Some cards are extremely rare and can fetch thousands. Even the first-generation original card is considered a special piece of history that is worth the price. Surprised to learn that one Sir Henry’s earliest cards sold at over PS22,000 per annum. A first-generation Christmas card can be purchased for as little as 1000 pounds today.