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 calling cards are an unusual envelope variety from the 1880’s, a type of “hidden name” card with the caller’s name printed on a small card inside the envelope. Two of the cards belonged to Albert C. Moulton. Both measure 4” x 2 ½”. One has scalloped edges with a pink ribbon decoration covered by small scrap decorated envelope that has his scalloped edged card inside. The second has a scrap covered deckle red-edged envelope attached to a glossy embossed card. The third card measures 4” x 2 ½”. It has an unusual triangle shaped attached envelope with a rose litho image and message on the flap and a blank scalloped edged triangle card inside. The fourth card is smaller, 3 ¼” x 1 7/8”. It has a litho of forget me nots on the attached envelope and a blank card inside.

The cards are in very good condition (and could be used today!) There is a missing scallop and crease on the top of rose litho triangle envelope and a tiny tear on the inside. Please examine the photos and email me if you have any questions.

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Forget Me Not Antiques

Four Unusual Victorian Calling Cards with Attached Hidden Name Envelopes


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