There is a saying that for any kind of object, no matter how strange and bizarre, you will always find a person who collects it. My uncle Y was one of these persons - he devoted himself to collecting visiting cards. However, he set upon himself one strict rule which must be obeyed when obtaining the cards:
"Get the card directly from the person, whose details are written on it, and preferably, through the natural process by which the card issuer intends to distribute his cards. For example, a businessman should hand you his card as he hands it to any other businessman with whom he may, potentially, do business one day."
Now, I know what's your next question
is going to be. You say, yes, but in the "natural process", as your uncle Y calls
it, people expect you to hand them a card in return. So what did he do? Well, my
uncle Y was a logical person, and anticipating this, he issued himself a visiting
card bearing, of course, his full name, address and other contact details as well
as the title "a Visiting Card Collector", and this worked for him perfectly
As his private collection grew, uncle Y has developed some ingenious ways for organizing and maintaining it. He kept the cards in brown solid boxes and attached to each card a lovely hand written record, containing the precise time, place and circumstances of the "natural process". The boxes were tagged and sorted in a chronological order, and placed upon arrays of shelves which were specifically set up for this purpose in my uncle's small and crowded apartment.
As you probably know, the life of collectors and their families are not always strewn with roses. I remember for instance, that once we bought him, as a birthday present, a beautiful collection of Victorian visiting cards, the kind an English gentleman would send in advance in order to announce his visit. It cost us a fortune, but nevertheless my uncle sternly refused to accept our present since it violated his strict "natural process" law.
So went the years, and the collector's boat successfully sailed in stormy seas until my uncle passed away and went to a more comfortable residence in heaven. Then, his eldest daughter, my dearest cousin M, decided to continue his heritage. She soon realized that her father's methods have to be adjusted to our modern ways of conduct, and a more liberal interpretation of the strict collector's rule should be applied if she wants to survive as a collector. Today, she is using us, her close family relatives, as her agents. We give her all visiting cards we get, but of course, we are obliged to obtain them, adhering to the strict version of the "natural process" rule. Moreover, the accompanying documentation is created with a nice computerized Excel form and the whole workflow of adding a visiting card to her collection is much more fluent.
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