Henry Cole, a Boston-based lithographer, is believed to have invented Christmas cards. In the 1880s, he produced more than five millions cards annually. 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 so many different styles to choose from that you’re bound to find one that suits your needs.
Traditionally, Christmas cards were purchased by family members and friends. They are now sold for several pounds. Some cards are extremely rare and can fetch thousands. 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. A first-generation Christmas card can be purchased for as little as 1000 pounds today.