Henry Cole, an American lithographer, is the one who 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. These cards had become the most loved gift for family members and friends by the end of the 1800s. 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. Some cards are extremely rare and can fetch thousands. Even the first-generation card is considered a rare piece of history, and well worth the price. One of Sir Henry’s earliest cards was sold for more than PS22,000 each year. Today, you can purchase a first-generation Christmas Card for as low as a few thousand pounds.