Henry Cole, a Boston-based lithographer, is believed to have invented 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. By the late 1800s, these cards had become the most popular gift for family and friends. 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 can fetch 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. 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.