Calling 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. The Victorians had a great fascination with natural history. Collecting and preserving flora and fauna and then arranging them in displays was a popular occupation for both men and women.

This is the only leaf print calling card that I have ever found. The card measures 3” x 1 7/8”. It is made of heavy porcelain card stock that was used in the early 19th century. The leaf appears to be from a birch tree, inked and then pressed on the card. The scripted name on the card is P.P. H. Childs of Gilmanton, New Hampshire. A provenance note that was attached to the card indicates that Childs lived in Gilmanton from 1844-1855.

The card is in very good condition. It has bumped corners and some smudges and spots on the front. Please examine the pictures and contact me if you have any questions.

While you are here, do enjoy the other ephemera I have for sale at this time. Thank you for visiting my shop today.


Forget Me Not Antiques

Early Gilmanton, NH Leaf Print Calling Card


    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