George F. Kennan

George Kennan
Kennan’s calling card, most likely as Ambassador to Yugoslavia.

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GEORGE F. KENNAN (1904 – 2005)

American Diplomat

Kennan was an influential diplomat during the Cold War. His ideas influenced the Truman Doctrine and the containment of the Soviet Union. He became the U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union in 1952, and later, Ambassador to Yugoslavia between 1961-1963.

Philip Caldwell

Philip Caldwell
Caldwell’s business card as Chairman, also signed by him.

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PHILIP CALDWELL (1920 – 2013)

American Businessman

Caldwell was known as being both the Chairman and CEO of the Ford Motor Company during the 1980s. He oversaw the production of the Ford Taurus, and in 1990 he was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame.

Ganna Walska

Ganna Walska
Walska’s personal calling card. McCormick was the surname of her fourth husband, the businessman Harold McCormick.

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GANNA WALSKA (1887 – 1984)

Polish Opera Singer

Walska was an opera singer who became famous for her numerous marriages to wealthy men, and for her Lotusland garden in California. With her wealth she purchased the Theatre des Champs-Elysees and the Duchess of Marlborough Faberge Egg. She is considered to be the source for the character Susan Alexander in the film Citizen Kane.

Jerzy Kosinski

Jerzy Kosinski
Kosinski’s personal business card from the late 1970s.

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JERZY KOSINSKI (1933 – 1991)

Polish-American Author

Kosinski is known for his novels ‘The Painted Bird’, ‘Being There’ and ‘Steps’, which was awarded the National Book Award in 1969. Suffering multiple illnesses and accusations of plagiarism, he committed suicide at age 57.

Emma Albani

Emma Albani
Personal calling card of Albani, signed in 1903. Gye was the surname of her husband, Ernest Gye.

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EMMA ALBANI (1847 – 1930)

Canadian Opera Singer

Albani was a major opera singer in her time. She was one of the first Canadian singers to achieve international fame and subsequently travel across North America and Europe. She was made a Dame in 1925.

Claude Miller

Claude MIller
Miller’s business card, with handwritten email address.

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CLAUDE MILLER (1942 – 2012)

French Film Director

Miller directed films from the 1970s through to the 2010s. He started out working for Robert Bresson, Jean-Luc Godard and Francois Truffaut. Some of his best known films are L’Effrontee, The Little Thief, and Class Trip.

Margaret Ayer Barnes

Margaret Ayer Barnes
Barnes’s calling card, using her husband’s name. It is also signed by her.

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MARGARET AYER BARNES (1886 – 1967)

American Author

Barnes won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1931 for her novel Years of Grace. She also became known for her play Dishonored Lady, which was published in 1930 and filmed in 1947.