Henry Cole, a lithographer from Boston, is credited with the invention of Christmas cards. In the 1880s, he produced more than five millions cards annually. His cards were made using a new process called chromolithography which allows for realistic coloration and detail. These cards were a popular gift for both family and friends in the late 1800s. There are so many different styles to choose from that you’re bound to find one that suits your needs.
Christmas cards were traditionally purchased by friends and family. They are now sold for several pounds. Some are rare, and can fetch thousands of pounds. Even the original first-generation card can be considered a unique piece of history and is well worth the price. It might surprise you to learn that Sir Henry’s first cards sold for more than PS22,000 per year. In fact, today, you can buy a first-generation Christmas card for a few thousand pounds.