Calling cards, also called visiting cards, visiting tickets, or compliments cards, originated in their paper and ink form in France in the 18th century and their popularity quickly spread across Europe, and the United Kingdom. During the 19th and early 20th centuries, they became an indispensable accessory to fashionable, upper class life in the eastern United States as well. Card styles evolved over time, reflecting changing tastes and sensibilities. This pair of very rare cards with diecut images of Abraham Lincoln and Mrs. Grover Cleveland date to the 1880’s and would have appealed ladies of the north and midwest in the second half of the 19th century. Mrs. Cleveland, nee Frances Folsom, became the youngest wife of a sitting president. She was only 21 years old when she married President Cleveland in 1886. He was the only President married in the White House. These cards would make an excellent addition to a collection of presidential or political memorabilia.

The “Mrs. Cleveland” card has serrated edges and measures 3 ¼” x 2”. It is a hidden name card that belonged to “Ann E. Dunckel.” and is decorated with an embossed diecut featuring a portrait of Mrs. Cleveland surrounded by an American flag, white doves, a bald eagle and flowers. The Abraham Lincoln card has pink tinted scalloped edges and measures 3 ¾” x 2 1/8”. It is a hidden name card that belonged to “Miss E. Reynolds” and is decorated with an elaborate memoriam diecut featuring a portrait of Lincoln surrounded by an American flag and roses with a “Forget me not” banner at the bottom.

Both cards are in good condition. The Mrs. Cleveland card has a two bent corners and a lined corner. The scrap on the Lincoln card is rubbed and worn on the edges. Please examine the photos and feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

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Forget Me Not Antiques

Two 1880's Hidden Name Calling Cards Abraham Lincoln Memoriam & Mrs. Cleveland Diecuts


    Sentimental memorabilia, books, sewing treasures and dolls of the 19th and early 20th centuries
    Forget Me Not Antiques specializes in the mementoes of women and children from the Victorian and Edwardian eras


    since 2020

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    Forget Me Not Antiques

    Susan Voake
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    Norwich , VT This Shop is rated Gold - 100 or more sales Gold Ruby Lane Exclusive since 2020