Thursday, May 22, 2014

Before the Business Card

For ten bucks I got an instant mini-collection of Victorian American calling cards, also called name cards, which were popular during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century:



The designs on the cards are pure Victorian, and can be quite intricate and detailed despite the fact that they are the same size as (or even smaller than) the average modern-day business card:



Some have little surprises, like this card sporting a tiny envelope, in which is an even smaller card with the caller's name hand-written on it:



Some calling cards are tricky, too, like this next one.  At first glance this looks like a rather tame/polite card, but lift the flap and underneath?  Much more personal sentiments . . .



Guys evidently weren't afraid to hand out cards with flowers on them . . . or birds!

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