Henry Cole, a Boston lithographer, is credited for inventing Christmas cards. By the 1880s, he was producing more than five million cards annually. His cards used a new process, called chromolithography. This allows for realistic detail. By the late 1800s, these cards had become the most popular gift for family and friends. 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. 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. You can still buy a first-generation holiday card for as low a thousand pounds today.