Lot 417: Lot Of (12) ANTIQUE Original Calling Cards Late 19th/Early 20th Century

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The Book Barn

April 26, 2018, 7:00 PM EST
Edgewater, FL, US
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Lot Of (12) ANTIQUE Original Calling Cards Late 19th/Early 20th Century. A lot of 12 ANTIQUE calling cards of various sizes from approximately 2 inches high by 3 inches wide (most) to approximately 2 1/2 inches high by 4 inches wide. Each is imprinted with the owner's name; a few are imprinted with a partial address. Many have written personal inscriptions, often about Christmas or New Years wishes, that are interesting as social comments on their time. They are presumably the wives or daughters of movers & shakers in Society or Business from the "Gilded Age" onwards to the 1930s." Ephemera from a bygone era.

Visiting cards, also known as calling cards, are a small card with one's name printed on it, sometimes bearing an artistic design. In Europe, the footmen of aristocrats & royalty would deliver visiting cards to the servants of their prospective hosts solemnly introducing the arrival of their owners.Visiting cards were an indispensable tool of etiquette, with sophisticated rules governing their use. The essential convention was that a first person would not expect to see a second person in the second's own home (unless invited or introduced) without the first having first left his visiting card at the second's home. Upon leaving the card, the first would not expect to be admitted at first, but instead might receive a card at his own home in response from the second. This would serve as a signal that a personal visit and meeting at home would be welcome. On the other hand, if no card was forthcoming, or if a card was sent in an envelope, a personal visit was thereby discouraged. In the mid 19th century, visiting cards became common among the aristocracy of Europe, and the wealthy "aristocracy" in the United States. The whole procedure depended upon there being servants to open the door and receive the cards and it was, therefore, confined to the social classes which employed servants. If a card was left with a turned corner it indicated that the card had been left in person rather than by a servant. Some visiting cards included refined engraved ornaments, embossed lettering, and fantastic coats of arms. However, the standard form visiting card in the 19th century in the United Kingdom or U. S. was a plain card with nothing more than the bearer's name on it. Visiting cards were kept in highly decorated card cases. The visiting card is no longer the universal feature of upper middle class and upper class life that it once was in Europe and North America. Much more common is the business card, in which contact details, including address and telephone number, are essential & included.

Several have corner creases or other minor faults, some are lightly age toned, but not brittle. Overall the condition is Very Good.

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Condition Report: Very Good Condition
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