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Schott's Miscellany 19 February 2009

The stranded, and eventually cannibalistic, Donner Party was found by rescuers in Sierra Nevada (1847)


ON THE FOLDING OF VISITING CARDS #1

In the 19th century, an elaborate taxonomy developed regarding how visiting (or calling) cards should be left, folded, and inscribed, when those of "quality" paid social calls:

Nature of callstyle of fold
Visitright-hand upper corner folded down
Felicitationleft-hand upper corner folded down
Condolenceleft-hand lower corner folded up
PPC, PDA *right-hand lower corner folded up
Made on all members of a familythe lady's card folded in the middle
Delivered in personright-hand side folded in


* PPC, pour prendre congé (although many assumed the initials to stand for "presents parting compliments"), or PDA, pour dire adieu.


If I have been able to see farther than others, it was because I stood on the shoulders of giants.
Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727)
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