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, called chromolithography. This allows for realistic detail. These cards had become the most loved gift for family members and friends by the end of the 1800s. There are many styles to choose from so you’re sure to find the one that suits your needs.
Christmas cards were traditionally bought by family members and close friends. They can be purchased for several pounds today. Rare cards can fetch thousands of dollars. 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. In fact, today, you can buy a first-generation Christmas card for a few thousand pounds.