Henry Cole, a Boston lithographer, is credited for inventing Christmas cards. He produced over five million Christmas cards per year by 1880s. His cards used a new process, called chromolithography. This allows for realistic detail. 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 can fetch several pounds. Some are rare, and can fetch thousands of pounds. Even the original, first-generation card is considered an incredibly special piece of history and worth the price. Surprised to learn that one Sir Henry’s earliest cards sold at over PS22,000 per annum. In fact, today, you can buy a first-generation Christmas card for a few thousand pounds.