Henry Cole, a lithographer from Boston, is credited with the invention of Christmas cards. He was producing over five million cards per year by the 1880s. His cards were produced using a new process called “chromolithography”, which allows for realistic detail as well as 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.
Christmas cards were traditionally purchased from family members or friends. Today, they are sold for several pounds. Rare cards can fetch thousands of dollars. Even the first-generation card is considered a rare piece of history, and well 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.