In the year 1843, Henry Cole, the first man to sell Christmas cards in London, sold them for one shilling. He used the money he had made from these sales in order to set up a public information office. The Post Office evolved into a business that allows people send and receive cards without worrying about how to respond. And while it’s a small gesture, sending a Christmas card can be just as important as sending one!
There are many types of cards you can send. In the late 1840s, a German printer produced the first Christmas cards in America. They were extremely expensive and could not be afforded by most people. Louis Prang, a Boston-based lithographer, made the first Christmas card commercially in the United Kingdom. This allowed for a more realistic representation of the holiday and allowed for five million cards to be produced in one year.