By wire services
Published December 4, 2005
“LONDON – A 162-year-old Christmas card – one of the first ever printed – sold at auction Saturday for $16,000.
The hand-colored card is one of about 10 surviving from an original batch of 1,000 printed in 1843, auctioneer Henry Aldridge said.
The cards were commissioned by Sir Henry Cole, a Londoner who is generally recognized as the inventor of the commercial Christmas card.”