Henry Cole, a lithographer from Boston, is credited with the invention of 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 were a popular gift for both family and friends 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 bought by family members and close friends. Today, they are sold for 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. Surprised to learn that one Sir Henry’s earliest cards sold at over PS22,000 per annum. Today, you can purchase a first-generation Christmas Card for as low as a few thousand pounds.