Henry Cole, a Boston-based lithographer, is believed to have invented Christmas cards. By the 1880s, he was producing more than five million cards annually. His cards were made using a new process called chromolithography which allows for realistic coloration and 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. Rare cards can fetch thousands of dollars. Even the first-generation original card is considered a special piece of history that is worth the price. Surprised to learn that one Sir Henry’s earliest cards sold at over PS22,000 per annum. You can still buy a first-generation holiday card for as low a thousand pounds today.