Southern Charm Sunday: Stay Classy With Calling Cards

If you have visited The Palmetto Queen before, then you probably know about my classic southern upbringing. We set the table ever night, wrote thank you notes, and took casseroles to the grieving and sick. The etiquette and “good southern lady” lessons didn’t end there. My mother was also a fan of calling cards.
To those of you that do not know, calling cards serve a very important purpose. Have you ever come home to a business card on your door or a door hanger from the cable company? That doesn’t get you very excited does it? What if you came home to a beautiful business card with a dear friend’s name on it? What about a notecard with a hand written “sorry I missed you note?” Well, that is the purpose of calling cards.

My mother taught me that if you visit someone and they are not home, the polite thing to do is leave a note. She had the prettiest little calling cards with her name on them. She would write a short little note on the back. Sometimes, she would leave a note card, but that didn’t excite her as much as the calling cards did. Even if someone was home, if she didn’t get to speak with the person she intended to, she left one of these. Mom did the same thing at businesses. Because of this, I never leave the house without at least one note card.

I never could find these calling cards, until I had the opportunity to partner with Ancesserie. I have to admit that I love EVERYTHING about this company. Their history is phenomenal and what’s not to love about letterpress goods. Classic. Southern. Beautiful. You know what they say, “if it stays still long enough, a southerner will monogram it.” (or calligraphy it!)
The work on these cards is amazing. When I hold one, I am taken back to a time when stationery was important. I chose to have mine printed with the classic “Mr. and Mrs. George.” The actually have my husband’s first name on them, but out of respect for my husband’s privacy wishes, I have blurred his name. The calling cards also boast a beautiful baby button to give them just a little more elegance. Even without the button, they are one of the most elegant things I have ever held in my hand.

The idea of Ancesserie is what I hope to pass along to my readers. I want my readers to hold a sense of urgency to sit on the front porch, write notes, walk to neighbors, and stroll down main street. I think I was born in the wrong decade, so it is nice to occasionally travel back to the time of hats, gloves, and neighborly gestures. I consider myself very lucky to be from one of the last “main streets” in the country. The story of Ancesserie begins in a town not so different from my own.  Read more about their roots in Edgefield, SC and their current home in Atlanta here.

"The Story of America, when time stood still..."

Not only does Ancesserie create their calling cards with a vintage letterpress that has been in the owner’s family for four generations (from the longest running newspaper in South Carolina), but they use the most eco-friendly and quality paper. Ancesserie also creates notecards, gift enclosures, gift sets, and coasters. They use vintage millinery items from the 1940s, such as straw, buttons, and flowers, to adorn their products. Ancesserie also offers one of a kind jewelry made from these vintage items.

Ancesserie is now my go to shop for hostess, wedding, engagement, and graduation gifts. I hope that with your help, Ancesserie and I can bring back this lost part of American history. I urge you to visit I know you will find something to fall in love with.

Ancesserie and I are bringing you a week’s worth of traditional letter writing. Come back tomorrow for more on this lost art.

Disclosure: I received the product in exchange of my honest review. All opinions are 100% my own. 


  1. I think I've gone my whole life without really knowing what a calling card is. I love these!

  2. Aren't they just gorgeous! Everyone needs gorgeous calling cards. The name originated because people used to say that so-and-so "called" when someone stopped by (before phones)

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