Posted by BeccaTT on January 14, 1998 at 13:56:16:
In response to Those calling cards...., written by JennieC on January 13, 1998 at 16:26:11
] Welcome to Pemberley! Glad you are here.
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.
Sort of like a pre-telephones answer machine?! Sounds like a very practical idea I guess - also particularly interesting the way a folded card means different things.. could be potentially dangerous though if you commited a 'folding crime'!
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