Henry Cole, a lithographer from Boston, is credited with the invention of Christmas cards. He produced over five million Christmas cards per year by 1880s. His cards were produced using a new process called “chromolithography”, which allows for realistic detail as well as coloration. These cards were a popular gift for both family and friends in the late 1800s. There are many styles to choose from so you’re sure to find the one that suits your needs.
Traditionally, Christmas cards were purchased by family members and friends. 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. Surprised to learn that one Sir Henry’s earliest cards sold at over PS22,000 per annum. You can still buy a first-generation holiday card for as low a thousand pounds today.