Invitations and Announcements of the Baltimore Social Elite 1890-1920

A couple boxes from an estate sale which passed through several hands ended up in my hands. One box contained printed formal invitations to weddings, luncheons and dances. I typed some of the names into Wikipedia, and discovered the Baltimore, Maryland business, political and social elite, in the period from 1890 to 1920.

Posted: Nov 25, 2011 08:53 am

Just by luck I’ve come to own a packet of printed invitations and announcements which a little research shows were exchanged by members of the Baltimore, Maryland business, political and social elite, in the period from 1890 to 1920. Once in a while in the paper business I come across ephemera like this, with names I can identify using Wikipedia and Google.

I will post this whole lot on ebay Nov. 25, 2011 – let’s see what happens. This could be a fun research project for someone! [Update – the auction got almost no response at all, and only one bid. Whole lot sold for the opening price of $9.95. Oh well, missed chances that will never happen again.]

Below is some biographical information about some of the people I could identify. My effort just scratches the surface of what’s available online, and there is more information in libraries, and at the Maryland and Baltimore historical societies.

Notable Personages:

Miss Jane H. Miller – The invitations and announcements which name any invitee at all, name Miss Jane Miller. I assume that at one time, this collection of invitations and announcements was hers. What do I know about Miss Miller? Nothing, except all these ritzy people kept inviting her to luncheons, and evenings with dancing!

James H. Preston – (1860-1938) was in the Maryland House of Delegates from 1890 – 1894, and then served as Mayor of Baltimore from 1911 to 1919.

Arunah Shepherdson Abell (1806-1888) started the Baltimore Sun in 1836. His wife is the twice widowed Mary Fox Campbell, and her daughter, Miss Abell, is Helen Maria Abell Baugham (1856 to 1940).

Mr. Henry Mactier Warfield was the Maryland National Guard Adjutant General 1908—1912 and 1916—1920

Mrs. Edward Athelstan Marshall (Sophia Howard) appears in the Register of the Maryland society of the colonial dames of America, 1891-1915

Thomas Nelson Strother and his wife Emily Viele appear many times in Google. She comes from a long line of famous French people, and their 1889 wedding made the NY Times.

Cornelius D. Kenny and William Heyward were both famous enough that their obituaries made the NY Times.

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