Henry Cole, the first man in London to sell Christmas cards, sold them for 1 shilling in 1843. 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 several different types of cards that can be sent. In the late 1840s, a German printer produced the first Christmas cards in America. They were expensive and not affordable for most people. Louis Prang, an American lithographer from Boston, created the first ever commercial Christmas card 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.