Henry Cole, an American lithographer, is the one who invented Christmas cards. He produced over five million Christmas cards per year by 1880s. His cards were produced using a new process called “chromolithography”, which allows for realistic detail as well as coloration. By the late 1800s, these cards had become the most popular gift for family and friends. 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. Rare cards can fetch thousands of dollars. Even the original, first-generation card is considered an incredibly special piece of history and 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. Today, you can purchase a first-generation Christmas Card for as low as a few thousand pounds.