[Victorian Etiquette for Gentlemen]
"Visiting cards for the coming season are of unglazed card board,
almost square. Tinted cards, especially buff, are fashionable. The lettering is in old
English text, or in script. The expense of fifty cards is $3.50.
One corner of the card is turned down to denote the object of the visit.
In different cities a different signification is attached to these broken cards. We give
the custom of New York society. On the left hand upper corner the word Visite is
engraved on the reverse side. This corner is turned downed, displaying the word on the
front of the card to signify that an ordinary call is made. On the right hand corner is Felicitation,
to be used when making a visit of congratulation on some happy event, such as a marriage,
or the birth of a child. On the left lower side is Conge, or Good-by. The remaining
corner is marked Condolence."
[From: "Fashion in Calling Cards", 1868. Harper's Bazaar]