Henry Cole, a lithographer from Boston, is credited with the invention of Christmas cards. By the 1880s, he was producing more than five million cards annually. His cards used a new process, called chromolithography. This allows for realistic 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 from family members or friends. They can be purchased for several pounds today. 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. It might surprise you to learn that Sir Henry’s first cards sold for more than PS22,000 per year. Today, you can purchase a first-generation Christmas Card for as low as a few thousand pounds.