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These little calling cards are over 100 years old, scans show condition. On a few, the bottom of the card appears ragged; it is due to my having to slightly rotate the image from the scan. If the cards had to be re-glued, I will state it (acid free glue used). If you have a question (size) … just ask. These lovely cards, not just for collectors, make an interesting conversation piece for your Victorian style home, especially framed in groups.
Long before our computer age an e-mail, a wonderful custom developed in the early 1800s in France and spread throughout Europe and the United States. “Calling or visiting cards” were carried by well-to-do ladies to leave when they went visiting family and friends. Design, style, border color and even a bent corner, all had specific meanings to the receiver. Early cards had fancy scrollwork and were hand written by a calligrapher. The vivid colors were obtained by a process called chromolithography which was difficult and time consuming, later pieces lost much of the earlier quality. The custom of visiting cards ended in the 1890s. These cards are more than 100 years old and are truly a lost art, as is a wonderful custom.