Henry Cole, a Boston-based lithographer, is believed to have invented Christmas cards. He was producing over five million cards per year by the 1880s. 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 so many options that you can choose from that you are sure to find the right one for your needs.
Christmas cards were traditionally bought by family members and close friends. Today, they can fetch 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. Surprised to learn that one Sir Henry’s earliest cards sold at over PS22,000 per annum. You can still buy a first-generation holiday card for as low a thousand pounds today.