Victorian/Edwardian Calling Cards

The History of Calling Cards

When visiting a friend (or "making a call"), ladies of the Victorian and Edwardian era would leave a card at the front door, even if the one they were visiting was home. If they were home, the house servant delivered the calling card to them. If they were not at home, the card was left in the "card receiver", a silver tray on the entrance hall table. This way, not only the hostess, but other visitors as well, could see who had been there. Callng careds were used as a reminder of who had visited recently and deserved a visit in return.

If the person the visitor wished to see was not at home, a message could be left by using a system of folds:

** If the top left corner was bent, it was a social call.

** If the top right corner was bent, it was a visit of congratulations, perhaps for a recent engagement, wedding, birth, or other good news.

** If the bottom left corner was bent, it was a visit to say goodbye, as if the visitor were getting ready to go on a trip.

** If the bottom right corner was bent, it was a visit of condolence, usually for a death in the family.

I have created some Victorian/Edwardian themed calling cards for you to use. Just save them to your hard-drive, create your own name on them (or name, address, whatever you wish ... in Victorian times, the card usually just carried a name). You can do this easily through a program such as Photo Impact or Paint Shop Pro. If you do not have these programs, I would be happy to do that for you. Just let me know which card you want, and what you would like it to read. You can email the information to me at whats_cookin@cheddarbay.com ... I will return it to you, and you can print as many as you need.

Cheddar Bay's Calling Cards



Red Rose Border


Red Rose


Lilac Tea


Blue Flowers


Pink Roses


Lily of the Valley


Lavender Seeds


Lavender Ribbon


Tea Service


Victorian Teacup


Tea Bunny


Tea Mice


Victorian Teddy Bear


Black & White Cat


Orchid Cross


Orthodox Cross


Victorian Angel


Little Women


Girl with Roses


Victorian Lady 1


Victorian Lady 2


Victorian Lady 3


Victorian Lady 4


Victorian Lady 5


Victorian Lady 6


Victorian Lady 7


Victorian Lady 8


Victorian Lady 9


Victorian Lady 10


Victorian Lady 11

... MORE WILL BE COMING SOON ...