Men's Calling Cards
I'm contemplating making up some Victorian-style calling cards for myself, and I'm a little uncertain of how to display my name on the card. Samples of cards that I have examined appear to feature men's full names (e.g., John Edward Smith). I go by my middle name, and I had wondered if putting my full name on the card would prompt people to refer to me by my first name rather than my middle name.
Is it correct to have a first initial, followed by middle and last names on calling cards of our period? I haven't seen any examples of that.
I think I've also noticed that calling card dimensions differed from today's business card dimensions.
"I am not a general, nor the son of a general, but having been right on the ground for four years, feel that I am entitled to an opinion." (William E. Bevens, First Arkansas Infantry, C.S.A.)