Henry Cole, a Boston lithographer, is credited for inventing Christmas cards. In the 1880s, he produced more than five millions cards annually. His cards used a new process known as chromolithography, which allows for realistic detail and coloration. These cards had become the most loved gift for family members and friends by the end of the 1800s. There are so many different styles to choose from that you’re bound to find one that suits your needs.
Traditionally, Christmas cards were purchased by family members and friends. Today, they are sold for several pounds. Rare cards can fetch thousands of dollars. Even the first-generation card is considered a rare piece of history, and well worth the price. It might surprise you to learn that Sir Henry’s first cards sold for more than PS22,000 per year. You can still buy a first-generation holiday card for as low a thousand pounds today.