Callers who arrived at a private home presented their card to the butler or servant. The caller was announced to the man or woman of the house then invited into the parlour to wait for their arrival. The visitor was given ample time to admire all the accoutrements of the home owner’s wealth and social standing, his intelligence, devotion to family and religion, and acceptance of new and modern ideas—all demonstrated without a single word being spoken.//
A carved curlicue, an etched decoration, a heart motif you’d never noticed. The secret to beauty lies in the details. Un ricciolo scolpito, un decoro inciso, un disegno a cuore mai notato. Il segreto della bellezza sta nei dettagli.