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Captain John Paul Jones,
Continental Navy

During much of the time he spent on the continent, Commodore Jones was highly esteemed by the nobility. These calling cards, presented by distinguished French and Russian acquaintances, attest to the Chevalier's popularity. According to the fashion of the day, some of the cards were printed; others took the form of colorful playing cards with the caller's name written on the back. This sampling includes a dinner invitation from the Comte de Raineval penned on the reverse side of a King of Hearts.


John Paul Jones - calling cards 1
Caption: Side One


John Paul Jones - calling cards 2
Caption: Side Two


Captain John Paul Jones calling card

Published: Fri Jul 20 10:50:45 EDT 2018