Friday, December 21, 2012

Calling Cards ... more ...

Thank you Travis Simpkins for your info about these. It's so interesting I had to share: 
"From the photos, they certainly look like blank calling cards. Calling cards were used during the entirety of the 19th Century. Your cards appear to have a bit of acid in the paper, so they'd be from the latter part... 1880's - 1890's. The ladies' attire would fit into that period as well. They might've been part of a "season appropriate" set, with these ones showing Winter. Are the others all the same? The colors still maintain their intensity because they were most likely printed by way of chromolithography, a time consuming method in which each color is printed separately and allowed to dry before moving on to the next color. The resulting images are very vivid." 

If these were indeed printed via chromolithography, it is pretty amazing because the images are so tiny - about 1" squared - seems like it would require a pretty meticulous hand! The paper is getting some brown spots on it - mold perhaps? I'm wondering what is the best way to preserve them. 



3 comments:

Veronica Fish said...

I love these! Great color!!

Travis Simpkins said...

I was able to see the artist's name in these pics. If you google "C. Douky artist" you should find some info. I was a little off on the age, these are more likely from the 1910's - 1920's... perhaps an homage to the fashion of 20 years prior. That artist's work is collectable. The spots on the paper are just "foxing", not much you can do about it. If you want to protect them, they'd fit in baseball card sleeves.

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