Henry Cole, a Boston lithographer, is credited for inventing Christmas cards. He was producing over five million cards per year by the 1880s. His cards used a new process known as chromolithography, which allows for realistic detail and coloration. 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 are rare, and can fetch thousands of pounds. 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. A first-generation Christmas card can be purchased for as little as 1000 pounds today.