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Victorian Era Calling Cards

When you think of Laura Ingalls Wilder, Queen Victoria doesn’t normally come to mind.  But, Victorian era customs infiltrated some aspects of pioneer life just the same.  An example of this is found in the name cards Laura wrote about in Little Town on the Prairie.

Name cards (also called calling cards) originated in Europe and became quite popular in the States, especially in the East.  Everyone of status had calling cards.  Men’s cards were generally smaller and less ornate than ladies’ cards. Continue Reading »