Henry Cole, a lithographer from Boston, is credited with the invention of Christmas cards. He produced over five million Christmas cards per year by 1880s. His cards were made using a new process called chromolithography which allows for realistic coloration and detail. These cards were the most popular gift for friends and family 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 purchased by friends and family. They are now sold for several pounds. Rare cards can fetch thousands of dollars. Even the original first-generation card can be considered a unique piece of history and is well 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.