Henry Cole, a Boston-based lithographer, is believed to have invented Christmas cards. In the 1880s, he produced more than five millions cards annually. 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.
Christmas cards were traditionally bought by family members and close friends. Today, they can fetch several pounds. Rare cards can fetch thousands of dollars. Even the first-generation original card is considered a special piece of history that is 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. A first-generation Christmas card can be purchased for as little as 1000 pounds today.