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Images of Acquaintance card, Flirtation card and May I see you home card

Love’s Messenger

Q Has anyone come across these Acquaintance and Flirtation cards before? Under what circumstances were they given out and were they as innocent as they seem ? Largest 76 x 44mm (3 x 1¾in).


A The Encyclopedia of Ephemera* includes information on these items: "A novelty variant of the American calling card of the 1870s and 1880s, the acquaintance card was used by the less formal male in approaches to the less formal female. Given also as an 'escort card' or 'invitation card', the device commonly carried a brief message and simple illustration".

*Encyclopedia of Ephemera: A Guide to the Fragmentary Documents of Everyday Life for the Collector, Curator and Historian by Maurice Rickards (Author), Michael Twyman (Editor).



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