Henry Cole, a Boston lithographer, is credited for inventing Christmas cards. He produced over five million Christmas cards per year by 1880s. His cards were produced using a new process called “chromolithography”, which allows for realistic detail as well as coloration. 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 from family members or friends. They can be purchased for several pounds today. Some cards are extremely rare and can fetch thousands. Even the original first-generation card can be considered a unique piece of history and is well worth the price. It might surprise you to learn that Sir Henry’s first cards sold for more than PS22,000 per year. A first-generation Christmas card can be purchased for as little as 1000 pounds today.