Those calling cards....
Posted by JennieC on January 13, 1998 at 16:26:11:
In response to Leaving cards??, written by Becca on January 13, 1998 at 15:13:20
(snip) What does this show/mean? What information would be on the card? (snip)
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Calling cards contained the lady's (or gentleman's) name so the butler could announce her to the host/hostess. If she was married, her card would read "Mrs. John Doe" (or "Lady Whatshername" if she had a title). If she was single, it would read "Miss Elizabeth Smith." I have calling cards for myself with "Mrs. Matthew Chancey" embossed on them. When I mail a gift or attend a party and want to leave a quick note, I use the card. In previous centuries, if you called on someone who wasn't home, you left your card in a receiving bowl on the hall table or with the butler. That way the lady of the house knew who had dropped in that day and could send a note or return the call.
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