Sully Prudhomme

Sully Prudhomme
Prudhomme’s calling card with lengthy inscription. It is initialled by him on the reverse.

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SULLY PRUDHOMME (1839 – 1907)

French Poet

Prudhomme was the first recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature, awarded in 1901.


Alphonse Daudet

Alphonse Daudet
Daudet’s calling card signed and inscribed by him.

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ALPHONSE DAUDET (1840 – 1897)

French Novelist

Daudet was a famous 19th Century author who wrote short stories (‘Letters from my Windmill’) novels (‘Fromont and Risler’) and non-fiction (‘In the Land of Pain’).

Edward Everett

Edward Everett
Everett’s calling card as Ambassador to Great Britain, around 1841.

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EDWARD EVERETT (1794 – 1865)

American Politician, Diplomat and Educator

One of America’s greatest orators, Everett spoke at the Gettysburg address right before Abraham Lincoln. He was also Governor of Massachusetts and Secretary of State.

Washington Irving

Washington Irving
Irving’s calling card when he was posted to England in 1831.

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American Author and Diplomat

One of America’s great early writers. Irving wrote such pieces as ‘Rip Van Winkle’ and ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’.

Historical Cards of Well-Known People

For many years now I have been collecting business cards and calling cards of famous and well-known people around the world. I have gathered the majority of them from either writing to the person or by purchasing them from auctions etc.

One day as I was sifting through the cards I realised that many people now would never have heard of the names on these cards. Indeed, often I had never heard of them either until I saw them up for auction/sale, or searched for people to write to. I also realised that since these cards are kept in folders in my room then they rarely ‘see the light’.

So that is the purpose of this site: to share the cards that many well-known (and lesser known) figures have used throughout history. The older calling cards were often very personal, being held by and written on by the person them self.

The only cards I’ve neglected to post are the ones still in use by the person today, for obvious reasons.

I hope they offer an interesting insight into a rather odd but fascinating personal and social side of historical figures.