Henry Cole, a lithographer from Boston, is credited with the invention of Christmas cards. He produced over five million Christmas cards per year by 1880s. His cards were made using a new process called chromolithography which allows for realistic coloration and detail. These cards were the most popular gift for friends and family in the late 1800s. There are many styles to choose from so you’re sure to find the one that suits your needs.
Traditionally, Christmas cards were purchased by family members and friends. They can be purchased for several pounds today. Some are rare, and can fetch thousands of pounds. 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. Today, you can purchase a first-generation Christmas Card for as low as a few thousand pounds.