Etiquette of business cards in the XIX century
• Business Card Etiquette in the XIX century
In English the business card (business card) is literally translated as "business card". And despite the fact that the first small first appeared in ancient China, the greatest development they have received with the spread of the influence of the British Empire. In Victorian times business cards are not required to perform the function of the information, they are must-have accessory of people of noble society, with them at that time had developed a kind of etiquette, which is prescribed in detail: where, when and how to use calling cards.
In the Victorian era lady spent most of his time, made a visit to each other's cup of tea. Here are some there were some rules for the use of business cards, which at the time prescribed etiquette:
During the visit, married women often left the business card of her husband. In this case, she left a card my husband and two - one for the hostess and one for her husband's mistress.
The decent homes to visitors left their business cards in the hallway stood a silver tray. In less affluent households instead of a tray used in Chinese porcelain saucer.
No matter how many times people visit their friends or come to dinner (dinner), he had each time to leave his card after any evening event.
When visiting on business cards sometimes written response to the invitation to visit the owner. And it was not polite to write on the business card is to accept or reject the invitation. It is appropriate in this situation was to write a formal letter.
In the XIX century lady's card was larger than for men, which was supposed to correspond to the size of his breast pocket. Lady's card could be glazed, and her husband - no.
On the business cards in those days any engraving can be displayed. Before the name of a man standing designation of "Mr." or "Mrs.". By the end of the century, on business cards began to add and address of the person visiting days, taken in their home.
Business Cards in Victorian times were made of different materials: silver, ivory or papier-mache.
Cards progressed and become even more beautiful with the invention chromolithography. This allowed now print business cards with gorgeous rich colors. Among the bizarre images printed using chromo were hearts, birds, scrolls, lush bouquets of flowers, graceful hands and much more.
Printing offers various options for the design and since then business cards have become a common practice not only in the highest aristocratic class, but also traders, merchants, industrialists and the middle class.
In our time, a small preserved its necessity as a means of information representation. Despite the modern technology and high informatization of society, business cards still remain the most convenient and popular way to communicate the necessary information yourself.