Did you ever wonder what a Cabriolet was, or who Croesus was and why he was so rich, or which servant in a Regency household had the unhappy task of emptying the chamber pots?
~ VISITNG AND CALLING CARDS ~
"To the unrefined or under-bred, the visiting card is but a trifling and insignificant bit of paper; but to the cultured disciple of social law, it conveys a subtle and unmistakable intelligence. Its texture, style of engraving, and even the hour of leaving it combine to place the stranger, whose name is bears, in a pleasant or a disagreeable attitude, even before his manners, conversation and face have been able to explain his social position." -- OUR DEPORTMENT 1883
A calling card may serve the purpose of a call, and it may either be sent in an envelope, by messenger or left in person. Often times a caller was not granted an audience with the lady or gentleman whose door they knocked on. The calling card represented the caller better than the butler could. One of the most notable customs, aside from the quality of the paper or the skill of the engraver, was the significance of the turned down corners of the card.
Visit - The right hand upper corner. Felicitation - The left hand upper corner. Condolence - The left hand lower corner. To Take Leave - The right hand lower corner. Card, right hand end turned down - Delivered in Person.
While we can't imagine receiving a "bent" card it was the sign of the times as to who and when "Lady Snicklefritz or Lord Hazardagess" dropped by.