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 were produced using a new process called “chromolithography”, which allows for realistic detail as well as coloration. These cards had become the most loved gift for family members and friends by the end of the 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 from family members or friends. Today, they are sold for several pounds. Some are rare, and can fetch thousands of pounds. 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. You can still buy a first-generation holiday card for as low a thousand pounds today.