Alan Mays' photos with the visiting cards

I Part My Hair in the Middle, Crease My Pants on the Side, and Shine My Shoes in the Front

I Part My Hair in the Middle, Crease My Pants on the Side, and Shine My Shoes in the Front
A unique acquaintance card.

Albert W. Colter

Way down in my heart I've got a feeling for you.

May I see you home this evening.

I don't smoke, chew, drink, tell lies, go with other girls, or break dates. I part my hair in the middle, crease my pants on…
Added on April 16, 2018

J. E. Wittmer, Visiting Cards Price List, Washington Boro, Pa., May 10, 1876

J. E. Wittmer, Visiting Cards Price List, Washington Boro, Pa., May 10, 1876
With prices on one side and his name on the other, J. E. Wittmer designed this card to serve both as a business card and as a sample of the visiting (or calling) cards that he sold in Washington Boro, Pennsylvania, in 1876. Please note, however, that "Gol…
Added on March 26, 2018

April Fool, Ha Ha!

April Fool, Ha Ha!
"April Fool. Ha ha."

A nineteenth-century calling card printed on marbled paper that has faded over time.

Instead of a typical calling card with a name printed on it, some Victorian-era prankster handed out this card as an April Fools' Day joke.

For an…
Added on March 15, 2018

Ulysses S. Grant Calling Card

Ulysses S. Grant Calling Card
"E pluribus unum. Remember me."

A Victorian-era hidden-name calling card with an illustration of U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885). The colorful die-cut scrap was a memorial to the president, and it lifts up on the right-hand side to reveal the…
Added on February 16, 2018

Dear Miss, I Will Risk Everything Depicted Here

Dear Miss, I Will Risk Everything Depicted Here
"Dear Miss, I will risk everything depicted here if you will permit me to see you as far as the gate. Yours very truly."
Added on April 21, 2015

O. M. Dolley Livery, Auburn, N.Y. / Let's Get Acquainted

O. M. Dolley Livery, Auburn, N.Y. / Let's Get Acquainted
A unique combination of a business card on one side and an acquaintance card on the other.

For another two-sided example, see Acquaintance Compliments with Confidence and Respect, which has a name—like a calling card—on one side and the text of an acquai…
Added on February  5, 2018

Warren Perkins

Warren Perkins
A Victorian-era calling card with pasted-on photo.

For other similar cards, see my Calling Cards with Photographs album.
Added on February  2, 2018

Aim Straight

Aim Straight
"Aim Straight. A. Lanborn."

Cupid is aiming straight for the heart in the illustration on this nineteenth-century sentiment card.
Added on February  2, 2018

John E. Kaughran and Company, Dry Goods, New York City, N.Y.

John E. Kaughran and Company, Dry Goods, New York City, N.Y.
"Compliments of John E. Kaughran & Co., Dry Goods. 767 & 769 Broadway, cor. of Ninth St., New York."

This is one of a six-part "Comic Visiting" card series printed by E. Currier & Co., Boston (probably related to the Currier of Currier & Ives but I'm not…
Added on June 27, 2017

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas
A small Victorian-era greeting card that's about the size of a modern business card. This is a generic "stock card" that could have served as a calling card, advertising trade card, reward of merit, or--as in this case--greeting card, depending on what wa…
Added on December 16, 2016

Charles Smith—Ornamental Pensmanship on a Calling Card

Charles Smith—Ornamental Pensmanship on a Calling Card
"Chas. H. Smith. Compliments." (I'm not sure that the middle initial is H, however.)

An impressive example of ornamental penmanship on a hand-drawn and -lettered "flourished" calling card that likely dates to the late nineteenth or early twentieth centur…
Added on August 18, 2016

Dear Miss, I Very Much Desire the Pleasure of Your Acquaintance

Dear Miss, I Very Much Desire the Pleasure of Your Acquaintance
"Dear Miss, I very much desire the pleasure of your acquaintance and your company home this evening. If agreeable please keep this card, if not kindly return it. Yours truly, ________."

See also Fair Lady, I Send You This Beautiful Chromo with My Complim…
Added on August 19, 2016

Fair Lady, I Send You This Beautiful Chromo with My Compliments

Fair Lady, I Send You This Beautiful Chromo with My Compliments
"Fair Lady, I send you this beautiful chromo with my compliments. If I may be the happy youth on the promenade, please retain it. If I must suffer misery on the fence, be so good as to return it. Yours truly, ________."

See also Dear Miss, I Very Much De…
Added on August 19, 2016

Long May Peace Attend Thee!

Long May Peace Attend Thee!
"Long may peace attend thee!"

A Victorian-era hidden-name calling card with shaking hands, a sailing ship, and the Statue of Liberty, all surrounded by a border of roses and forget-me-nots. The colorful illustration consists of a separate die-cut that li…
Added on April 12, 2016

Yum Yum A La Mode Acquaintance Card

Yum Yum A La Mode Acquaintance Card
A-La-Mode
Fair One: 'Tis balmy eve, and gentle zephyrs blow
With mildness seldom seen of late.
If you'll permit me, I would like to go
And see you safely to the garden gate.

Illustration: Yum Yum. Scene at the gate.

This is an example of a Victorian-era…
Added on February 12, 2016

Comic Imp Card: I Am ________, Who the Devil Are You?

Comic Imp Card: I Am ________, Who the Devil Are You?
"I am (Comic Imp Card). Who the devil are you?"

A card pasted in a Victorian-era "Agent's Sample Book" that was issued by an unidentified calling card company.

I also have a blank copy of this card without the "Comic Imp Card" description or a name. Se…
Added on April  6, 2016

Charles E. Marsh, Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pa., 1876

Charles E. Marsh, Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pa., 1876
"Chas. E. Marsh, International Exhibition, Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, Pa., 1876. Copyright 1876 by L. Prang & Co. Main Building, Horticultural Hall, Agricultural Hall, Art Gallery, Machinery Hall."

Printed on the back: "Centennial Card. Retail price,…
Added on November 30, 2015

Frances Clara Folsom Cleveland (Mrs. Grover Cleveland)

Frances Clara Folsom Cleveland (Mrs. Grover Cleveland)
Caption: "Mrs. Cleveland." Name hidden underneath the printed scrap: "Rue Crounover" (see Explanation of Hidden Name Calling Cards for an illustration showing how these cards work).

Grover Cleveland, the 22nd and 24th President of the United States, bega…
Added on September 21, 2015