For some time now, I have been intrigued by the notion of having a calling card. I think it all stems from reading both Laura Ingalls Wilder books and Victorian drama. The idea of calling upon someone and leaving your card might be archaic now, but the basic concept still stands.
In The Long Winter, both Laura and the other young people in town became excited about the notion of having “calling cards”. Nothing fancy, just small cards with their names printed on them. They exchanged them enthusiastically with each other and used them for writing small notes for that person.
During the Victorian era, calling cards were used to, literally, call on someone. “Calling cards streamlined introductions and helped remind people of new acquaintances and needed visits.” (Taken from THIS article by The Art of Manliness.)
In business we frequently use cards, but not in everyday life.
More and more, while I am out running errands or visiting the library, I am coming into contact with ladies whom I would like to speak with at another time. What a spectacular opportunity to pull out a creative calling card!
No need to find paper and pencil; no need to look at my device of choice and type information; and no worrisome spelling errors! Simply hand over your cute little calling card and… voilá; all done!
To this end, my husband thought it high time to make me a few and see how I liked them. We got a great deal at VistaPrint and the creative process was very easy. There are several types of calling cards to choose from and many styles (should you not bring your own artwork).
So far, I am really enjoying my cards! I can use them when coming across an old friend, when I am making an appointment to counsel someone on homeschooling, and to share information about my blog!
These little beauties are such a fun idea, I wish he had thought of them sooner.
Would you use a calling card?