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 were produced using a new process called “chromolithography”, which allows for realistic detail as well as coloration. These cards were a popular gift for both family and friends in the late 1800s. There are many styles to choose from so you’re sure to find the one that suits your needs.
Christmas cards were traditionally purchased from family members or friends. Today, they are sold for several pounds. They are rare and can fetch thousands. Even the first-generation original card is considered a special piece of history that is worth the price. It might surprise you to learn that Sir Henry’s first cards sold for more than PS22,000 per year. A first-generation Christmas card can be purchased for as little as 1000 pounds today.