collecting: people

May 14, 2010

Calling CardsI love to collect people. And not just to be facebook friends (though I like that, too). I’d really rather go out, in person, to coffee or lunch, and talk about things we might have in common, like sewing, horses, friends, climbing, etc. Or things you might be able to teach me about, like sewing, knitting, photography, horses, people, life. Or whatever interests you. I might even enjoy talking about things we don’t have in common. I love learning new things!

I’d met a few people in the last month or so that I’d wished I had a simple way of giving them my contact info. I also plan to attend events where I will meet more people! Since spelling is so important for email addresses, and my handwriting is so terrible, I’ve been considering visiting or calling cards.

During the Georgian, Regency, and Victorian eras, calling cards were a necessary accessory for a gentleman or lady who called upon friends or acquaintances, or who wished to announce their presence in town. In fact, one wasn’t received unless one conveyed one’s card first.
Jane Austen’s World

Just like a business card, a calling card is easier to pull out an present than fumbling for a writing utensil and something upon which to write. The problem with business card-sized calling cards is that they imply “business,” and I just want them for social purposes. I had considered having some nice letterpress business-sized “calling cards” done anyway, just for fun, but they cost too much to use as an experiment. I searched around for a bit, and I found the moo cards pictured above. They have an interesting shape, and they are colorful and fun. I’ve given them to a few people now, and I’m very happy with them. I fell a little awkward handing them out, but people seem to think they’re neat.

By levanah