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. These four cards, bordered with small holes through which a ribbon can be threaded, are examples of the large, ornate varieties popular in the 1880’s. Each is 3 ¾”x 2 ¼”. One has its ribbon in place. The cards are all “hidden name” cards with large embossed scraps that lift to reveal the caller’s name in a dramatic Spencerian font. Three scraps still lift to reveal the caller--Mary E. Terter, Merlie E. Sissen, and Ida M. Doty, whose hometown, Tinmouth Vt, is inked below her name. One scrap of birds in a nest is pasted down.

The cards are in very good condition. As noted above, one scrap is glued. Please examine the photos and email me if you have any questions.

While you are here, do enjoy the other pieces of ephemera that I have available at this time.


Forget Me Not Antiques

Four Victorian Calling Cards with Holes for a Ribbon


    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


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