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 were a popular gift for both family and friends in the late 1800s. There are many options to choose from, so you’re sure that one will suit your needs.
Christmas cards were traditionally bought by family members and close friends. Today, they are sold for several pounds. Some are rare, and can fetch thousands of pounds. Even the first-generation original card is considered a special piece of history that is 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.