Henry Cole, a lithographer from Boston, is credited with the invention of Christmas cards. In the 1880s, he produced more than five millions 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 many options to choose from, so you’re sure that one will suit your needs.
Christmas cards were traditionally purchased by friends and family. Today, they can fetch several pounds. Some cards are extremely rare and can fetch thousands. 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.