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“Fair Belle” acquaintance card

Photo(s) by Alan Mays. Imported from Flickr on Oct 22, 2020. Artwork published in
circa 1890
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    “Fair Belle” acquaintance card
    Source: https://www.flickr.com Uploaded to Flickr by Alan Mays and tagged with “treasury”. License: All Rights Reserved.

    A late nineteenth-century acquaintance card with a rebus that substitutes an illustration of a bell (the kind that rings) for the word belle (an attractive woman, as in “Southern belle” or “belle of the ball”).

    For another example of a rebus on an acquaintance card, see May I See You Home?

    Acquaintance Card.

    Fair 🔔.

    May I have the pleasure of seeing you home this evening? If so, keep this card, if not, please return it.

    ☞ If I can’t see you home, may I sit on the fence and see you go by?

    “Acquaintance Card” is set in Treasury Open, designed by Herman Ihlenburg and first cast by MacKellar, Smiths & Jordan in 1874.

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