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Calling Cards: Lessons in Polite and Civilized Behavior with Dr. Stanton Thomas – Friends of Decorative Arts Lecture Series

During the 19th century, no well-bred person would be without calling cards. Calling cards were considered Regency and Victorian tools of polite society and exemplary manners! Equally as important were the little containers in which to carry the cards, and receptacles in which to deposit or receive them. This talk will consider the decorative arts associated with calling cards, as well as how these small printed pieces of paper could make or break your social existence.

Cost:  $10, plus MFA admission; $10 for MFA members; and free for MFA Friends of Decorative Arts members.

  • Coffee and cookies will be catered by Olympia. Doors for the lecture do not open until 1:45 pm. Early attendees are invited to view the gallery.
  • There will be five Friends of Decorative Arts lectures this year, from November – April (but excluding January), taking place the second Tuesday of the months.


Interested in joining Friends of Decorative Arts?  Learn about our Support Groups here.

Image Credit: Unknown Maker, American, Calling Card Case, ca. 1860, sterling silver

Event Details

December 10, 2019

2–3 pm

Event Categories

Museum of Fine Arts – Bayview Room

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