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    Posted 12 years ago

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    A few years ago we recieved an old family bible from an aunt. The bible belonged to my great grandgrandfather. Between the 8th and 9th chapters of Exodus we found this calling card. For years we thought nothing of it, then the other day we held it to the light and noticed a hidden picture and saying on the card. It's like a watermark but more defined. Sort of like a layer sandwiched in between to layers. The picture and saying are only visible when held up to a light.

    We would love to find some more of these. Does anyone know what these are called? How common are they?

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    1. Savoychina1 Savoychina1, 12 years ago
      I am really glad you posted this item. I have probably 50 - 75 calling cards from my grandparents. I went through them and found twenty (just kidding) only one hold to light card. I will try to post it sometime.
    2. tikiray tikiray, 12 years ago
      I believe this is called a "transparent card" or "comic card". The pictures were meant to amuse. It is indeed a victorian calling card. They became popular for the well-to-do to carry in the early 1800's. Hope this helps.
    3. tikiray tikiray, 12 years ago
      And... I don't think they are very common. I've only seen one (other than the pic of yours) in my 35 years of life. lol
    4. Dakota, 11 years ago
      Does anyone know how to find the copy right holders of hold to light items?

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