Henry Cole, a Boston lithographer, is credited for inventing Christmas cards. By the 1880s, he was producing more than five million cards annually. His cards used a new process, called chromolithography. This allows for realistic detail. By the late 1800s, these cards had become the most popular gift for family and friends. There are many styles to choose from so you’re sure to find the one that suits 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 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.