Henry Cole, a Boston lithographer, is credited for inventing Christmas cards. He produced over five million Christmas cards per year by 1880s. 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 options to choose from, so you’re sure that one will suit your needs.
Christmas cards were traditionally purchased by friends and family. They can be purchased for several pounds today. 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. You might even be surprised to learn that one of Sir Henry’s earliest cards sold for over PS22,000 a year. In fact, today, you can buy a first-generation Christmas card for a few thousand pounds.