Today I came across these calling and escort cards at a sidewalk sale. I love the different shapes and sizes and fonts; and I am always intrigued by little cultural rituals that have died away. I laughed when I read the response card to the escort card - picturing a couple standing awkwardly, exchanging cards instead of conversation. I'm sure it didn't exactly happen that way, but google didn't help me out too much with the history of such exchanges when I looked up "escort cards" or "dance cards". I'll have to do some more searching. In any case, I gave in to my weakness for paper ephemera and took these home.