A Little Trip Down Etiquette’s Memory Lane… Calling cards have emerged as a hot trend, but calling cards as a social networking tool have been around since their first appearance in early Chinese culture. Known as ming tzhu (name card) or pai theigh (visiting card), these wooden cards bore a person’s name. Sometime around the fifth or sixth dynasty, the wood was replaced by paper, and the cards began including name, title, and town. During the Ming Dynasty, calling cards evolved into a status symbol. Scholars carried red cards and commoners exchanged white cards. This concept of using calling cards to display status was later adopted by Victorians, who not surprisingly had a slew of strict rules relating to their usage.
Why Use Them? Today, the calling card is less a formality and more a fantastic and sophisticated social tool. The true beauty of calling cards, aside from their stylish appearance, is that we have all encountered a time when we could have used them. Rather than fumbling for your cell phone or a scrap of paper or napkin to scribble down contact information, imagine withdrawing a sleek card from your wallet or handbag containing the necessary information.
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