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Business, Trade & Calling Cards

Celebrating the use and collection of all business, trade & calling cards in this new electronic age. Antiquarian to contemporary.

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What's the oldest calling/business card you know of? 1 Reply

There is a theory that the earliest calling card, visiting card or business card was made by hand (manuscript) on the unprinted back of a playing card.In my collection of secondary used playing cards…Continue

Started by Gejus van Diggele. Last reply by Frank DeFreitas Apr 17, 2010.

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Comment by Jeff on June 4, 2011 at 4:59pm
Hello Gejus, Whenever I show this card to others, it almost always reminds them of a Rebus, then it drives them crazy trying to figure it out. In reality, it is not a Rebus at all, but a symbol for the Independant Order Of Oddfellows, a fraternal organization formed in America in 1825. This symbol shows the "Initiated Eye" with the"Three Links" of Friendship, Love, and Truth (the F,T, and L) bound together like the bundle of reeds (shown). It may be interesting to note that out of all of the Fraternities in America today, the I.O.O.F. remains one of the strongest in existence. Some famous past members were Wyatt Earp and Charlie Chaplin. Sorry about the gag. I was just curious to see if anyone had known what this symbol meant.
Comment by Gejus van Diggele on June 4, 2011 at 4:12pm
I give up, Jeff. Tell me what it means.
Comment by Jeff on June 4, 2011 at 1:53pm
Here is an example of a 19th century Rebus calling card. Can anyone guess what it means?
Comment by Gejus van Diggele on May 30, 2011 at 5:16pm
Hi Jeff, what a great 'novelty'. These transparent calling cards use the same technique as the translucent playing cards produced in the same era. They looked like ordinary playing cards but if hold to the light they revealed hidden pictures of certain kind. Some playing cards showed additional visuals like a king suddenly being licked by a women or even a dog and a queen hiding a secret lover under her dress. I never came across calling cards like that. Thanks!
Comment by D'Onne on May 30, 2011 at 4:12pm
Jeff,  I've never heard of these kind of cards but I think they are neat. Thanks ever so much for sharing them with us.
Comment by Jeff on May 30, 2011 at 4:00pm
Hello Everyone! Just asking if anyone has info about "Transparent" or "Hold-To-The-Light" novelty calling cards from the late 1800's. I have enclosed scanned photos.  Thanks!....Jeff
Comment by Rochon Laverdet on September 19, 2010 at 3:46pm
Glad to see at least one group who's page has had activity after June of last year. Think I will stick with you guys for a while. Posting more information with pictures shortly!
Comment by Gejus van Diggele on July 14, 2010 at 6:18pm
Here are some calling/business cards on backs of playing cards (or part of it). They date from the 18th, 19th and 20th century. If you like to know more, or like to see more examples, please contact me.

Comment by Kathy Semble on July 14, 2010 at 4:31pm
Hi Frank--I'm very happy to join the group. I have a nice collection of modern business cards but I am seeking to learn more about antique trade cards and calling cards.
Comment by Gejus van Diggele on April 17, 2010 at 7:24am
Happy to be a member. I have a nice collection of calling cards, visiting cards and business cards on playing cards. I will add some pictures.

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