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 known as chromolithography, which allows for realistic detail and coloration. By the late 1800s, these cards had become the most popular gift for family and friends. There are many options to choose from, so you’re sure that one will suit your needs.
Traditionally, Christmas cards were purchased by family members and friends. Today, they are sold for several pounds. Some cards are extremely rare and can fetch thousands. Even the first-generation original card is considered a special piece of history that is 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.