Appointment Cards

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Appointment Cards size 85mm x 55mm.
Appointment Cards printed one side or two sides on high white 350gsm uncoated board. Finished size 85mm x 55mm.
Business cards are one of the most powerful physical low-cost marketing tools available that can be utilised to create a competitive advantage in today's fast-paced business environment. Stay professional and Keep ahead of the competition by never being without them.
Appointment cards are similar to business cards enabling brand recognition focused at your customer base, perfect for promoting your business with one side having the facility to record future appointments for your customers. Ideal for any business that requires recurring visits. If you do not wish to prepare your artwork yourself, why not let one of our innovative team of designers do it or if you already have a design you can upload it during the checkout process and send it directly to our server.

Our high-quality appointment cards are produced on top-of-the-line digital machines which undergo daily colour calibration, ensuring you receive the best possible product at a competitive price. We only use high white 350gsm matt or silk board stock manufactured from carefully managed sustainable forests to give peace of mind that your purchase is environmentally responsible.

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Amount

100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000

Sides

Single Sided, Double Sided

History of Business Cards

business card, also known as a calling card, is a small card used for social purposes. Before the 18th century, visitors making social calls left handwritten notes at the home of friends who were not at home. By the 1760s, the upper classes in France and Italy were leaving printed business cards decorated with images on one side and a blank space for hand-writing a note on the other. The style quickly spread across Europe and to the United States. As printing technology improved, elaborate colour designs became increasingly popular. However, by the late 1800s, simpler styles became more common.

By the 19th century, men and women needed personalized calling or business cards to maintain their social status or to move up in society. These small cards, about the size of a modern-day business card, usually featured the name of the owner, and sometimes an address. Calling cards were left at homes, sent to individuals, or exchanged in person for various social purposes. Knowing and following calling card “rules” signalled ones one’s status and intentions.

History

Business cards became an indispensable tool of etiquette, with sophisticated rules governing their use. The essential convention was that a first person would not expect to see a second person in the second's own home (unless invited or introduced) without the first having first left his business card at the second's home. Upon leaving the card, the first would not expect to be admitted initially, but instead might receive a card at his own home in response from the second. This would serve as a signal that a personal visit and meeting at home would be welcome. On the other hand, if no card was forthcoming, or if a card was sent in an envelope, a personal visit was thereby discouraged.

As an adoption from France, they were called une carte d'adresse from 1615 to 1800, and then became carte de visite or visiteur with the advent of photography in the mid 19th century. Business cards became common among the aristocracy of Europe, and in the United States. The whole procedure depended upon there being servants to open the door and receive the cards and it was, therefore, confined to the social classes which employed servants.

If a card was left with a turned corner it indicated that the card had been left in person rather than by a servant.

Next day Paul found Stubbs' card on his table, the corner turned up. Paul went to Hertford to call on Stubbs, but found him out. He left his card, the corner turned up.

— Evelyn WaughDecline and Fall, Part III, Chapter 7, "Resurrection"

Some business cards included refined engraved ornaments, embossed lettering, and fantastic coats of arms. However, the standard form business card in the 19th century in the United Kingdom was a plain card with nothing more than the bearer's name on it. Sometimes the name of a gentlemen's club might be added, but addresses were not otherwise included. Business cards were kept in highly decorated card cases.

The business card is no longer the universal feature of upper middle class and upper class life that it once was in Europe and North America. Much more common is the business card, in which contact details, including address and telephone number, are essential. This has led to the inclusion of such details even on modern domestic business cards: Debrett's New Etiquette in 2007 endorsed the inclusion of private and club addresses (at the bottom left and right respectively) but states the inclusion of a telephone or fax number would be "a solecism".[3]

According to Debrett's Handbook in 2016, a gentleman's card would traditionally give his title, rank, private or service address (bottom left) and club (bottom right) in addition to his name. Titles of peers are given with no prefix (e.g. simply "Duke of Wellington"), courtesy titles are similarly given as "Lord John Smith", etc., but "Hon" (for "the Honourable") are not used (Mr, Ms, etc. being used instead). Those without titles of nobility or courtesy titles may use ecclesiastical titles, military ranks, "Professor" or "Dr", or Mr, Ms, etc. For archbishops, bishops, deans and archdeacons, the territorial title is used (e.g. "The Bishop of London"). Men may use their forenames or initials, while a married or widowed woman may either use her husband's name (the traditional usage) or her own. The only post-nominal letters used are those indicating membership of the armed forces (e.g. "Captain J. Smith, RN"). The Social Card, which is a modern version of the business card, features a person's name, mobile phone number, and email address, with an optional residential address rarely included; family social cards include the names of parents and children

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