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Evening Basket Sociable Invitation, Lititz, Pa., September 15, 1894

Photo(s) by Alan Mays. Imported from Flickr on Nov 14, 2021. Artwork published in .
Evening Basket Sociable Invitation, Lititz, Pa., September 15, 1894
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Invitation for a Basket Sociable at the Snyder’s residence, “one mile northwest of Lititz”, Pennsylvania, 1894. The typography features the typical eclectic mix of period typefaces, including two designs by William W. Jackson for MacKellar, Smiths & Jordan; Cruikshank (1886) and Unique Celtic (1889). “Basket” is set in Bruce’s Ornamented No. 1049 (1875).

The upright cursive with horizontal contrast and the large descending initials is Pencraft, designed by Herman Ihlenburg for MS&J in 1885. “Complimentary” might be Antique No. 310, a precursor to Bookman (see also Old Style Antique No. 7). The italic is Old Style No. 2 or similar. While the wide sans serif used for “Committee” is unidentified, the names appear to be set in Ronaldson (1884).

Yourself and Friend are cordially invited to attend
An Evening Sociable,
Complimentary To
Miss Mary B. Snyder,
On Saturday Evening, September [8]15th, 1894.
Meet at the residence of her father, Mr. Henry G. Snyder, one mile northwest of Lititz, at 7 o’clock sharp.
Christ E. Snyder, Harry F. Hess.
Should the weather be unfavorable the Sociable will be held the following Saturday evening.

For a similar nineteenth-century invitation, see Evening Basket Sociable Invitation, Maytown, Pa., October 12, 1895.





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2 Comments on “Evening Basket Sociable Invitation, Lititz, Pa., September 15, 1894”

  1. Param Anand Singh says:
    Nov 16th, 2021 11:59 pm

    It appears the weather was unfavorable.

  2. Well spotted! :)

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