Alan Mays' photos with the visiting cards

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

Irwin G. Waggener

Irwin G. Waggener
A Victorian-era calling card with pasted-on photograph. The typeface is MacKellar, Smiths & Jordan's Spencerian Script with ornamented capitals.

Despite the variant spelling of the last name, this card may have belonged to Irwin Guy Waggoner (1882-1975),…
Added on September 15, 2015

Fireman's Card

Fireman's Card
"25 Firemans Cards, 20 cts."

A card pasted in an "Agent's Sample Book" that was issued by an unidentified calling card company. For an example of another card that was in the "Agent's Sample Book," see Comic Imp Card: I Am ________, Who the Devil Are You…
Added on July 21, 2015

Alice G. Junker, Yreka, California

Alice G. Junker, Yreka, California
"Compliments of your neice Alice."

Handwritten note on the back of this photographic calling card: "Mrs. A. E. Junker, Yereka, Cal. Taken some years ago."

Based on the handwritten additions, this card and its inset tintype photo belonged to Alice G. Jun…
Added on July 10, 2015

M. Th. Wallin

M. Th. Wallin
"M. Th. Wallin. Axel Rydin Fotograf, Norrköping."

A nineteenth-century calling card for M. Th. Wallin by photographer Axel Rydin of Norrköping, Sweden.
Added on June 24, 2015

Clarence E., York, Pennsylvania

Clarence E., York, Pennsylvania
"Clarence E., York, Penn'a."

I think that this roughly cut card is intended to be a calling card with a puzzling last name in the form of a rebus.

I haven't been able to figure out what the name might be--Clarence E. Eishart ("Eyes-heart") is one possib…
Added on May 18, 2015

I Am Uriah E. Heckert

I Am Uriah E. Heckert
Rebus: "Eye AM Uriah E. Heckert. W-Hoe T-He Devil R Yew?"

Translation: "I am Uriah E. Heckert. Who the devil are you?"

Acquaintance cards--like this rebus version--continue to attract some media attention. The latest is a Daily Mail posting by Annabel F…
Added on April 27, 2015

Eugene O. Chase, Second Leading Hoseman, Danielsonville, Conn.

Eugene O. Chase, Second Leading Hoseman, Danielsonville, Conn.
"Eugene O. Chase, Second Leading Hoseman, Danielsonville, Ct."

For other firemen's calling cards, see Fireman Calling Card, C. H. Moscrip, H. G. Phelps Hose Company No. 1, Sidney, N.Y., and Fireman's Card.
Added on March  6, 2015

World's Columbian Exposition Calling Card, Administration Hall

World's Columbian Exposition Calling Card, Administration Hall
"Administration Hall. From your friend."

A Victorian-era hidden-name calling card with an illustration of the Administration Building at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois. The illustration is a separate piece that lifts up to rev…
Added on February 18, 2015