Henry Cole, a Boston-based lithographer, is believed to have invented Christmas cards. By the 1880s, he was producing more than five million cards annually. His cards used a new process known as chromolithography, which allows for realistic detail and coloration. These cards had become the most loved gift for family members and friends by the end of the 1800s. There are so many options that you can choose from that you are sure to find the right one for your needs.
Traditionally, Christmas cards were purchased by family members and friends. They are now sold for several pounds. Some cards are extremely rare and can fetch thousands. Even the first-generation original card is considered a special piece of history that is worth the price. You might even be surprised to learn that one of Sir Henry’s earliest cards sold for over PS22,000 a year. In fact, today, you can buy a first-generation Christmas card for a few thousand pounds.