Sir Henry Cole commissioned John Calcott Horsley to design the cards. One thousand lithographs were created in the first year, but they did not sell well. Card illustrations were hand-colored and included scenes of Victorian families eating and drinking in celebration of the holiday season. The cards included the simple, festive greeting, "A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year".
In 2001, the card sent by Sir Cole to his grandmother and aunt was auctioned for a record £22,500. In December of 2013, three additional cards were auctioned off in New York City.Learn more about Inventions