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Calling cards

EP001.03 (RS98320)

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Collection Name
Ephemera collection
Collection Code
EP001
Physical Description
ca. 615 items
Collection Type
Ephemera
Description Level
Series
GUSN
181205
Reference Code
EP001.03

Historical/Biographical Note

Also known as visiting cards, the use of calling cards originated in Europe. American calling cards were often more elaborate than their British counterparts. They could be printed in color on cards in a variety of sizes, and employed many different typefaces, borders, and chromolithographed decorative designs. Calling cards were left with the servant who answered the door when no meeting took place between the mistress of the house and the caller. Leaving one's card was a simple gesture to indicate that a call had been made.

Source: Maurice Rickards, Encyclopedia of Ephemera.

Record details

Material Type
visiting cards

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