Henry Cole, a lithographer from Boston, is credited with the invention of Christmas cards. By the 1880s, he was producing more than five million cards annually. His cards used a new process, called chromolithography. This allows for realistic detail. By the late 1800s, these cards had become the most popular gift for family and friends. There are many styles to choose from so you’re sure to find the one that suits your needs.
Christmas cards were traditionally purchased by friends and family. Today, they can fetch several pounds. They are 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. In fact, today, you can buy a first-generation Christmas card for a few thousand pounds.