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Calling card

Visiting cards

The picture above shows the visiting (or calling cards) that Werner brought with him from Germany.

Werner was a young man in the 1930s. When calling at someone’s home it would have been standard practice to leave such a card. On the first occasion people would not expect to be received: it was a statement of intent to visit again in the near future.

The cards are an interesting reflection of the times in which Werner grew up in Germany, compared to the rapidly changing social mores and culture of post-War Britain.

And although these changes encompassed the whole country, many refugees faced building a new life in a new world with few or no family members left to build it with – or for.