Henry Cole, a lithographer from Boston, is credited with the invention of 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 had become the most loved gift for family members and friends by the end of the 1800s. There are so many different styles to choose from that you’re bound to find one that suits your needs.
Christmas cards were traditionally bought by family members and close friends. They are now sold for several pounds. They are rare and can fetch thousands. Even the original, first-generation card is considered an incredibly special piece of history and worth the price. Surprised to learn that one Sir Henry’s earliest cards sold at over PS22,000 per annum. In fact, today, you can buy a first-generation Christmas card for a few thousand pounds.