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 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 many options to choose from, so you’re sure that one will suit your needs.
Christmas cards were traditionally purchased by friends and family. They can be purchased for several pounds today. Some are rare, and can fetch thousands of pounds. 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. Today, you can purchase a first-generation Christmas Card for as low as a few thousand pounds.