Henry Cole, a Boston lithographer, is credited for inventing Christmas cards. He produced over five million Christmas cards per year by 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 options that you can choose from that you are sure to find the right one for your needs.
Christmas cards were traditionally purchased from family members or friends. Today, they can fetch several pounds. Rare cards can fetch thousands of dollars. Even the first-generation card is considered a rare piece of history, and well worth the price. It might surprise you to learn that Sir Henry’s first cards sold for more than PS22,000 per year. A first-generation Christmas card can be purchased for as little as 1000 pounds today.