Thursday, June 25, 2009

Many Things Thursday - Mourning Visiting Cards

"The time has come," the Walrus said, "to talk of many things."

Thursday, on Shades Of The Departed, will be dedicated to
many things,
and nothing in particular.

Many Things Thursday

The footnoteMaven also writes the History Hare Column (The Hare Of The History That Bit You) for The Graveyard Rabbit Online Journal. In this month's article you'll find a discussion of the purchase of several mourning visiting cards and the very interesting story uncovered. Below is an excerpt of the article that can be found in the Graveyard Rabbit Online Journal.


Often when researching, I am taken completely by surprise when a simple "nothing extraordinary" photograph or piece of ephemera, turns out to be anything but simple. When research starts it often takes on a life of its own and literally explodes.

So it was with a group of visiting cards I purchased. The group was of fifty plain, name only, no decoration, visiting cards, early 1900s. I purchased them because the lot description said there were two cards with black borders. I hoped these were mourning cards, but the seller did not know and was just getting rid of some paper ephemera he had purchased at an estate sale. I purchased them, hoping they'd be what I was looking for.

Mrs. Burd Grubb
July 1913

Read the entire story on The Graveyard Rabbit Online Journal.


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