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Calling card

Visiting or calling cards

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

Werner was a young man in the 1930s, and 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 kind of statement of intent to visit again in the near future. Then, the card would be taken to the lady or gentleman of the house by a servant, to announce a visit. If the householder was out, they would know someone had called, as the card would be left for them, usually on a small tray in the hallway.

The cards are an interesting reflection of the times in which Werner grew  up, as opposed to the changes across Europe by the post-War era, when he was faced with building a new life with no other family members left to build it with, or for. Without the help and support of family or close friends from that other world, and that other culture, it must have been extraordinarily difficult to adapt to the also rapidly changing social mores and culture of post-War Britain.