Alan Mays

Alan Mays

Posted on 05/16/2015


Photo taken on May 16, 2015


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I Wish I Could Catch You

I Wish I Could Catch You
This type of Victorian "hidden name" calling card consists of an underlying card--this one has scalloped edges--with a colorful printed "scrap" covering the name that's printed on the card. In this case, the name hidden underneath the scrap is "Blanchie V. Wherley." The scrap, which is only glued to the card along the left-hand edge, can be carefully lifted from the right in order to reveal the name.

To understand how this works, see the following illustration (below), which demonstrates how to lift the scrap to uncover the name printed on the card.

The chromolithographed die-cut scraps often featured typical Victorian motifs, such as flowers, birds, and hands. Other scraps had patriotic themes, including U.S. flags, presidents, and Union generals of the American Civil War.

For additional examples of this type of Victorian card, see below or take a look at my Hidden Name Calling Cards album.

Explanation of Hidden Name Calling Cards

Love Unites Us

Friendship's Tie

The Sea May Rise and Mountains Fall

To the Keeper of My Heart

President Grover Cleveland

General Sherman Calling Card

General Logan Calling Card

General Hancock Calling Card

Flag Calling Card

Bicycle Calling Card

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Smiley Derleth
Smiley Derleth
This is a beautiful set of cards. The hidden name is such an inspired idea it's time could come again..
3 years ago.
lisabee73
lisabee73
a wonderful collection, I haven't seen this sort of calling card before.
3 years ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮
╰☆☆June☆☆╮
Your beautiful capture was admired in Historical & Architectural Gems.
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3 years ago.