As the first President of the United States, George Washington set many social standards that would be followed by later administrations. He and Mrs. Washington established times for public visits and more formal affairs. Those invited to dine at the executive residence received engraved invitations. Their simple, yet elegant, design could be customized with the recipient's name, date, and time.

For the engraved copper plate used to print invitations of this type see W-827. For additional examples of presidential invitations see MS-5722/A, MS-5722/B, MS-5797, MS-5605, MS-5745, and MS-5746.


D (Document). One page, oblong. Blank dinner invitation printed with six lines of engraved text, all in script letters, interspersed with four empty underlined spaces for the recipient's name, date, and time to be filled in by hand. This document cannot be examined for a watermark until it is removed from the backing board.

Full printed text:
The President of the United States / and Mrs. Washington, request the Pleasure of / ________________ / Company to Dine, on ________ next, at ___ o'Clock. / _________ 179_ / An answer is requested.





Ink, laid paper


Overall: 3 3/4 in. x 6 1/8 in. (9.53 cm x 15.56 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Mary Washington Marr, 2008

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Colors (Beta)

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