Sunday, August 19, 2012


The first page of the Souvenirs Album contains a page of Calling cards, one with an original signature, as you can see clearly.  These are various friends, family, and colleagues, apparently.

Where I can find information on the names, I am including what I can find, in brief.  Always do your own research, if these are names in your family trees.
Top row: 3 cards 
  • Mrs. A. H. Schwarz   -  I believe her husband was the Ass't Superintendent of the Oswego & Syracuse Railway Co.
  • E. Willard Tuthill 
  • Mrs. Standish F. Hansell  -     Standish Forde Hansell was an entrepreneur and businessman.  This is his wife, Emma.  
Second Row: 4 cards
  • Nellie A. Robinson
  • Willis Wolford
  • Lillian Terwilliger  - Lillian was the 1st cousin of James Grover Terwilliger.
  • R. M. Richardson, Jr.  - is this possibly the son of General R.M. Richardson of Syracuse? 
Third Row:  3 cards
  • Robt Townsend
  • Annie L. Clark
  • R. Worthington Nason   - this person may well be named for Henry Rossiter Worthington, who was a hydraulic engineer and businessman, and also president of Nason Manufacturing Company in NY
Bottom Row: 4 cards
  • Miss Nason    - likely the daughter of R. Worthington Nason (above)
  • Edw E Thomas   
  • Grace Leavitt
  • Thomas E Deeley 

If any of these people are related to you, I am happy to take a close-up photo of the calling card for your own records.  And, if you have information on any of these people, do please share your knowledge!  I'd be thrilled to find out more about the people in my ancestors' lives.

Next post:  29 calling cards, laid out rather interestingly on the second page of the Souvenir Album.


  1. Wow what a great piece of ephemera.

    1. Wonder what our descendants will make of our business cards, eh?

  2. What a collection.

    I've got a whole heap of business cards amongst my treasures - now I can't throw them out - they will be genealogy resources of the future.

    1. You're right, Jill! Pencil a note on the back... who/what/where/why etc. I can see them now on someone's blog [or whatever will be in use then] about past ancestor's huge box of cards!