The first calling cards appeared in France during the govern of the King Louis XIV, known as "Sun King", and they were, in fact, playing cards where people could write the name of the place where you could find them. As the time gone by, the idea was developed -- someone must have thought that wouldn't by worthy to have some playing cards missing in the game and created a calling card with the same patterns in order to accomplish the same purpose. It's said that this interesting past originated the serious shape and full of right angles which the business cards assumed later.
Two centuries later, in America and in Europe, the calling cards were an indispensable thing for every high class' man and woman. They were a status' sign, a possessions' sign, beyond of the "how I meet you" thing. For the business men, it was important that they were sumptuous as the splendor and magnitude of their activities. For the ladies, they should be as sophisticated as the meetings they offered in their houses. Subsequently, they became widely popular and essential for promoting any kind of business.
Nowadays, even with the social networks joining people and markets, the visite biletes are still very useful -- as we aren't permanently online. They assimilated the new and endless design and technology possibilities in order to celebrate the identity of those who give them and of the business they announce, instead of solemnity. They use a huge amount of irreverence, like the model made for a personal trainner, made of a resilient material, or that model made for a lawyer specialized in divorces, which breaks in the middle.
Below, more interesting models of enchanting business cards,including one made of a playing card.