First Christmas Card

Early Christmas card sells at auction

Worldandnation:
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.”

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