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.