CALLING CARDS

The practice of announcing one's arrival with a calling card borne by the maid to the mistress of the house was a social grace of the Victorian era.  Different messages, condolences, a personal visit, or a good-by were related by turning down one corner or another.  The custom was forgotten by World War I.  Fashionable ladies and gents carried their personally engraved cards in elaborate cases made of such material as embossed silver, mother of pearl with intricate inlay, tortoise shell, and ivory.  Card receivers held cards left by visitors who called while the mistress was out or not 'not receiving'.  Calling Cards with fringe, die-cut flaps that cover the name, or an unusual decoration are worth about $3.00 to $4.00, while plain cards usually sell for around $1.00 in 2005.

This is a picture of an advertisement in the
Ladies Home Journal Magazine, dated April 1894 for a
Lady's Combination Pocket Book and Calling Card Case

Submitted by Kay Cunningham

This article found by Ken Gates in one of his books on Antiques. It tells about Calling Cards and Calling Card Cases and around what they might be worth today. But notice at how many different types of cases there were and I feel sure there were more than what is listed here.

If you have any Calling Cards and would like to share them, please send them to Falls County Coordinator

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Calling Card

Lee Standridge

This is a calling card that belonged to Lee Standridge

Odessa Pass Baylor Collection

Submitted by Ken Gates

Calling Card

All joys be thine

All joys be thine


This card had no name on it.

Odessa Pass Baylor Collection

Submitted by Ken Gates

Calling Card

Always true

Always true


This card belonged to Ruth Taylor

To read this card you were supposed to lift open. However, due to the age of it and other conditions, Ken had to pry it open to be able to read the name. This is the reason for them being apart like this.

Odessa Pass Baylor Collection

Submitted by Ken Gates

Calling Card

From a friend

From a friend

This card belonged to Pearl Thompson

To read this card you were supposed to lift open. However, due to the age of it and other conditions, Ken had to pry it open to be able to read the name. This is the reason for them being apart like this.

Odessa Pass Baylor Collection

Submitted by Ken Gates

Calling Card

Hand Holding Roses

This is a calling card of a hand holding some roses.

This card belonged to Rillie Parham

To read this card you were supposed to lift open. However, due to the age of it and other conditions, Ken had to pry it open to be able to read the name. This is the reason for them being apart like this.

Odessa Pass Baylor Collection

Submitted by Ken Gates

Calling Card

Hand Holding Roses

This is a calling card of a hand holding some roses.

This card belonged to Rillie Parham

To read this card you were supposed to lift open. However, due to the age of it and other conditions, Ken had to pry it open to be able to read the name. This is the reason for them being apart like this.

Odessa Pass Baylor Collection

Submitted by Ken Gates

Calling Card

Have kindly thoughts
of me

Have kindly thoughts of me


This card belonged to Ola Bowers

To read this card you were supposed to lift open. However, due to the age of it and other conditions, Ken had to pry it open to be able to read the name. This is the reason for them being apart like this.

Odessa Pass Baylor Collection

Submitted by Ken Gates

Calling Card

Truly thine

Truly thine


This card belonged to Mary Parham

To read this card you were supposed to lift open. However, due to the age of it and other conditions, Ken had to pry it open to be able to read the name. This is the reason for them being apart like this.

Odessa Pass Baylor Collection

Submitted by Ken Gates

Calling Card

With love and
fond wishes

With love and fond wishes


This card belonged to Bennie Parham

To read this card you were supposed to lift open. However, due to the age of it and other conditions, Ken had to pry it open to be able to read the name. This is the reason for them being apart like this.

Odessa Pass Baylor Collection

Submitted by Ken Gates

Calling Card

With my compliments

With my compliments


This card belonged to Susie (Parham) Pass

To read this card you were supposed to lift open. However, due to the age of it and other conditions, Ken had to pry it open to be able to read the name. This is the reason for them being apart like this.

Odessa Pass Baylor Collection

Submitted by Ken Gates

Calling Card

With my love

With my love


This card belonged to Lula Clark

To read this card you were supposed to lift open. However, due to the age of it and other conditions, Ken had to pry it open to be able to read the name. This is the reason for them being apart like this.

Odessa Pass Baylor Collection

Submitted by Ken Gates

Calling Card

Your sincere friend

Your sincere friend


This card belonged to Witt Pass

To read this card you were supposed to lift open. However, due to the age of it and other conditions, Ken had to pry it open to be able to read the name. This is the reason for them being apart like this.

Odessa Pass Baylor Collection

Submitted by Ken Gates

Calling Card

To My Love, With My Love

To My Love, With My Love


This card was signed by S. L. P.

Odessa Pass Baylor Collection

Submitted by Ken Gates

Calling Card

Valentines of the Day

Valentines of the Day 1910's

May ev'ry blessing God can give
Bring peace around you while you live!


The name inside is Marcus Criswell, Great Uncle of Jeanette Jordan.

Jeanette Jordan

Calling Card

Many Pleasures

Valentines of the Day 1910's

Many Pleasures


The name inside is Myrtle Criswell, Great Aunt of Jeanette Jordan.

Jeanette Jordan

Calling Card

Life bear for you its sweetest flowers

Life bear for you its sweetest flowers


Calling card from my grandmother, Bessie Criswell Erskine. The name on the card is Bessie Criswell.

Jeanette Jordan

   


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