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 so many options that you can choose from that you are sure to find the right one for your needs.
Christmas cards were traditionally bought by family members and close friends. Today, they are sold for several pounds. 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. 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.