Winter collage

Winter collage

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Calling cards and flannel shirts....

When I picked up the phone to invite some cousins over during the holidays, it struck me how our social life has evolved from the 1800's. We now have so many options to keep in touch with near and far family and friends. Whether it be by land line, cell, email, Skype or Facebook, it all can be accomplished quickly.

Imagine yourself 150 years ago - hand writing an invitation or arriving at someone's home and presenting a beautifully inscribed calling card.



Or what an interesting approach in getting acquainted between a man and a young woman...

Oh my - how times have changed and not always for the better!

Even in more recent times - if you were a young military officer in the early 1960's - there was a certain protocol in place when calling on your Commanding Officer and his wife. When Mr. Outback & I married in 1966, we received this silver calling card tray from one of his Australian relatives. And my dear MIL, who wanted to help educate me in the Army tradition of calling cards and formalities, presented me with this book. I must confess, our dear little tray has more often held tiny mementoes rather than someone's card. I would like to think we know our manners and can be relied on to act appropriately when out in public. But, truth be told, we are simply more relaxed using the phone or email and love wearing flannel shirts....

So, if you are ever in our neck of the woods, a calling card is not required and you can just....

Happy New Year everyone - be comfortable and be safe out there!

Pat

4 comments:

Aunt 'Reen said...

Wonderful to see all those vintage calling cards - such fun!
Wishing you and your family a Healthy, Happy New Year!
My wish for you is a Joyful, Stitch filled 2017!

Mimi said...

Cute post. Happy New Year, Pat.

Kyle said...

Your post was so cute. Time sure have changed as I sit here typing on my iPad talking to you via the Internet and wishing I was wearing a warm flannel shirt! I like the photo you've used in your header. Happy New Year.

Dawn said...

I love old calling cards,fun to see yours.
The tray is very special. In addition to the nuances of calling cards, I can only imagine the practice in writing the Spencerian types of script.
Thank you for sharing.