Saturday, May 21, 2011

Calling Cards

Victorian/Edwardian calling cards: my new favorite way to squander money. Here are the very first 15 of my brand new collection:

. . .

Rebecca J. Smith

Lucy Houser

Isaac M. Moote

Harvey Phipps

William R. Richardson

Ella R. Mankins

J.W. Batchelder

Mary Joyce

A. E. Merritt Stationary & New Depot

Ugnies Noland

Annie B. Mankins

Flora Mourphey

Paris Abbott

Janie Abbott

Abner A. Abbott

32 comments:

Caitlin Rose said...

this would actually be a great way to get ideas for business cards (sorry to take the romance out). But I certainly love Mary Joyce' calling card!

Adelaide's Homesewn said...

they really are delightful. i think the 2nd one is my favorite

art deco dame said...

those are so pretty!

Annalee said...

These are all so marvelous! Beautiful collection!

Sweet Harvest Moon said...

These are beautiful!

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Miss Tallulah Porkchop said...

Wow, they are amazing.

Yoshi said...

Wow! Thanks so much for posting these.

Ringo, have a banana! said...

Aaaah the one with the roses is incredible! Just imagining the gentleman (Isaac!) who might have carried those is blowing my mind...

Hannah Percyowl said...

So beautiful - I love the roundish one and the one with cut-out corners!

vintageveggie said...

after looking at all of these gorgeous things... i have decided to make my own calling cards.

Swan said...

I am utterly smitten. You know I always noticed in a book or film when people would leave their calling card. Why did I never think to look for them in real life? These are beautiful. My business cards don't have my name on them because I like the choice of sharing my name when I give out my card. I think I need to make cards that are solely for personal reasons, something like these. I think this is a brilliant way to squander you money :) thanks for posting these.

Carrie Lynne said...

I love these!

Deer Donna said...

they are so lovely!

i found you via tallulah!

:D

Dakota said...

Ohh, how I love these!
I have about a dozen pretty Victorian calling cards I found in out attic, they're just the sweetest. I sort of want to revive the tradition, but people would probably think I was crazy ;-)

Jo said...

The fourth one is my favourite! The shape is absolute perfection.

x
www.lostinthehaze.com

Kate said...

They are so beautiful!

Carys said...

These are so beautiful!!
From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

Marcheline said...

Adorable. I love the way hands were depicted back then... as if no one had knuckles or wrist bones!

Julia said...

I have so many of these! My grandparents just moved and my grandmother had to get rid of boxes of these (she used to be an antique paper dealer), and I was thinking of selling them on Etsy. Glad to see there's a market! I thought maybe I was the only one,

Shanti Pranadi said...

So beautiful.. Love them all :)

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Sherry said...

Paris Abbott's card is my absolute favorite, hands down!

Phara said...

Wow, these are superb. Love the typography and the gorgeous flowers.
X

Fear is a Dirty Word said...

So beautiful, I would love to design some for myself!

St├ęphanie said...

Beautiful !
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vintagevixxen said...

so beautiful. i have a small collection of these and adore them.

Bliss Buffets said...

Stunning- they really don't make them like that anymore.....

Griya Mobil Kita said...

Very nice,thanks.
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Natasha said...

These are really pretty. I love things like this, the second card is definitely my favourite one. xxx

beth said...

You're not squandering your money- this is a genuine investment in fantastic-ness!

YnR said...

Very lovely collection!! The plain black print one with the elaborate handwriting is my favorite!

sjwhidden said...

i LOVE the script one.. it's so fancy but slightly scrappy.
i want calling cards now!

bewreofdoll.com said...

This would definitely give any blogger some unique business card appeal. Of course, maybe the modern males wouldn't be as into them, but they're beautiful nonetheless! Awesome.

-Iddie Doll

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