Friday, August 24, 2012

Call Me Maybe: Calling Cards at the Waterhouse Residence

This last Saturday the Art & History Museums-Maitland hosted a number of families at the Waterhouse Residence Museum and Cottage at Lake Lily to learn about the  custom of calling cards.  

Some of us remember calling cards as credit card like devices carried in wallets to cheaply call friends and loved ones while on business or vacation.  

For those that lived during the Victorian era, calling cards were also a means of communication.  Before the telephone was invented, when someone came to visit that was known as "paying a call."  Thus when you paid a call you either announced yourself with your calling card (a small card with your name or your husband's name written on it) or left your card to let someone know you had been to visit.  

At one point this custom had grown so elaborate there was a system to let someone know why you had called or if a return call was requested by folding the card in a certain way.  

Today few people carry such cards anymore, but they are still sometimes used in formal correspondence, and many professionals carry cards with their business information on it to make certain potential clients or collaborators know how to contact them.  

The cards of long ago were sometimes very simple or incredibly ornate.  At the latest A&H Family Day, families were encouraged to create their own calling cards.  Below are some highlights from the August 18th family outing.  Great work everyone!
The namesake of this blog post and homage to this summer's Carly Rae Jepsen  hit.  









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