Honore de Balzac

Balzac’s personal calling card.

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HONORE DE BALZAC (1799 – 1850)

French Author

Balzac was one of the most influential authors of the 19th Century. His major collection of interlinked novels and stories is known as The Human Comedy. He became known as the ‘French Dickens’, and was an influence on the writings of Charles Dickens, amongst many other significant authors.


Prince Alfons of Bavaria

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Calling card of Prince and Princess Alfons of Bavaria. The black border means that the couple were in mourning.

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ALFONS OF BAVARIA (1862 – 1933)

German Royalty

Alfons was a member of the Royal House of Wittelsbach. His Grandfather was King of Bavaria. He reached the rank of General of Cavalry in the army. His wife, Louise D’Orleans was also born into a royal family, the French House of Orleans.

Antonio de Oliveira Salazar

Salazar’s Calling Card from when he was Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs (1936-1944).

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(1889 – 1970)

Portuguese Politician

Salazar dominated 20th Century Portuguese history as he was Prime Minister of Portugal for 36 years between 1932-1968. He is often regarded as a dictator who prevented many freedoms via police and censorship.

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.