Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Calling Cards

I bought a set of about 20 of these cards at an antique store over twenty years ago. I think they're old fashioned calling cards, but I'm not sure. I've never done any research on them but I'd like to. I'd love to know what era they come from. They're about the size of business cards. The paper is a very heavy stock, and each one is printed (or hand painted?) in the most brilliant, saturated colors. 


Travis Simpkins said...

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. That's the best I can do from pictures. Hope that helps a little.

Alison Undercover said...

Wow Travis thanks! That is so interesting. I will post a few more. Chromolithography holy cow - I did not know. That is wack.

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