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 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. They are now 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. It might surprise you to learn that Sir Henry’s first cards sold for more than PS22,000 per year. A first-generation Christmas card can be purchased for as little as 1000 pounds today.