Henry Cole, an American lithographer, is the one who invented Christmas cards. He was producing over five million cards per year by the 1880s. His cards were made using a new process called chromolithography which allows for realistic coloration and detail. These cards had become the most loved gift for family members and friends by the end of the 1800s. There are so many options that you can choose from that you are sure to find the right one for your needs.
Traditionally, Christmas cards were purchased by family members and friends. They are now sold for several pounds. Some are rare, and can fetch thousands of pounds. Even the first-generation card is considered a rare piece of history, and well worth the price. One of Sir Henry’s earliest cards was sold for more than PS22,000 each year. Today, you can purchase a first-generation Christmas Card for as low as a few thousand pounds.