Henry Cole, a Boston-based lithographer, is believed to have invented 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 a popular gift for both family and friends in the late 1800s. There are so many different styles to choose from that you’re bound to find one that suits your needs.
Christmas cards were traditionally bought by family members and close friends. They can be purchased for several pounds today. They are 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. One of Sir Henry’s earliest cards was sold for more than PS22,000 each year. A first-generation Christmas card can be purchased for as little as 1000 pounds today.