Patron+ Good Ole Days – Ladies’ Visiting cards
CONCERNING VISITING CARDS
(Excerpt from The Courtland Enterprise, Courtland, Alabama, February 15, 1894)
Ladies’ cards are governed by the following rules: A married woman in society, especially with daughters, should always use the prefix “Mrs.” Widows and maiden ladies often prefer to use the simple name without prefix; fashion dictates otherwise. A young lady in society, having passed her first season, should, if the eldest daughter, use simply, for instance, “Miss Bothwell.”
If a younger daughter, she should use her Christian name in full. In her first season, a debutante should engrave her name below that of her brother, her individual card not appearing till the second season. On visiting with her mother the name of a daughter may be engraved below that of her mother; if separate, her card should always be left with her mother’s card. The same applies to a plurality of daughters, the names being grouped.