Every wondered what the first Christmas card was? Wonder no more.
It was commissioned by Henry Cole in 1843, the same year Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol.
1,000 of these Christmas cards were printed, and Cole used as many as he required before selling the rest for 6d (sixpence) each. This price made them a luxury item, unavailable to the working class.
This advert for the card appeared in the Athenaeum paper:
"Just published. A Christmas Congratulation Card: or picture emblematical of Old English Festivity to Perpetuate kind recollections between Dear Friends."
The card was designed by John C Horsley. It was printed lithographically and then hand-coloured.