In Victorian days gone by, when a respectful person went to someone’s residence, the person would hand the maid or butler a beautifully printed (sometimes embossed) calling card, in order to be announced to the resident of the home they were visiting. The resident would then decide if they had the time (or inclination) to invite the owner of the calling card, deeper into the residence for a chat.
What would a Victorian lady or gentleman use today?
That thought crossed THIS Victorian Lady’s mind when reviewing that wonderful old courtesy of the calling card. It occurred to Lady Victoria, that nowadays people tend not to do as much visiting in person any longer. The lack of time, due to family, work and church obligations, together with the great distances in this great nation we call the United States, makes it a particular challenge.
Instead, we are “virtually visiting” each other, using email, streaming media over our computer’s camera, posting favorite images on Facebook (either as an update or as a photo album), and now the courtesy of dropping in on your friends has extended to Tweeting on Twitter.
What’s a genteel Lady living in the 21st century to do? “Facebook” and “Tweet” with the best of them, of course!
It’s so AMAZING what information is readily available and the wonderful conversations that can be engaged with interesting folks world-wide, via these two vehicles. No longer does one have to submit an email or calling card to only one person in a household, to wait and see if that someone has time in their day to chat. Now, the whole world is literally listening and willing to jump into the conversation! What would Alexander Graham Bell have to say to THIS invention???? Party-line to the 3rd power!
Yes, Lady Victoria is very amused and delighted with all the new friends she is gaining, many of whom have historical costuming, Victorian dress, Victorian decorating, 18th century attire, sewing and glittery parties on their minds!
And so, on that happy note, Lady Victoria of Essex would like to encourage you to link, follow or engage via the various avenues. Be sure to introduce yourself and tell me that you found me from this blog. I’m sure we will have much to discuss….