More from 1878…

May 2 – US stops minting 20 cent coin.

May 08 – Paul Hines performs the first unassisted triple play in organized baseball.

May 14 – Vaseline is first sold.

May 24 – CA Parker of Harvard wins the first American bike race in Beacon Park, Boston.

May 31 – US Congress accepts decrease in dollar circulation.

June 4 – Turkey cedes Cyprus over to Britain for administrative purposes.

June 13 – Berlin congress meets to divide colonized Africa. The congress ends on July 14.

June 15 – First attempt at motion pictures (using 12 cameras, each taking 1 picture) done to see if all 4 of a horse’s hooves leave the ground.

July 3 – John Wise of Lancaster, PA was the pilot for the maiden flight of a dirigible.

July 12 – Historical fever epidemic begins in New Orleans. It killed 4,500 people.

July 26 – In California, the poet and American West outlaw calling himself “Black Bart” makes his last clean getaway when he steals a safe box from a Wells Fargo stagecoach. The empty box is found later with a taunting poem inside.

September 30 – The ship Priscilla arrives in Hawaii from Funchal, Madeira, marking the beginning of the Portuguese immigration to the Hawaiian Islands (1878–1913).

October 18 – Edison makes electricity available for household usage.

December 26 – John Wanamaker installed electric lights in his Philadelphia department store.

A Trip Through Our Archives…


Over the course of Dempsey & Carroll’s long history, our company has published a number of books on the art and importance of engraving.




The three above pictures are a selection of pages with old monogram and crest engravings. Note the intricacy of some, and the clean simplicity of others. Engraving is highly versatile, and no matter what statement you want to make, engraving will always demonstrate exceptional class and distinguished taste.


Art and illustration is an important part in the history of engraving and of Dempsey & Carroll. Even today we carry on this tradition, and have a large portion of our staff dedicated to creating unique designs for products and bespoke stationery. With each order we try to instill a level of style and decorum that can be found in our old designs but with a contemporary spin.

Etiquette Advice


I understand that traditionally an after six wedding would indicate formal attire. What does this mean for the groomsmen and bridesmaids? Then in terms of guests’ attire, it is okay to indicate on the invitation that something less than formal is okay, such as semi-formal or even casual? I don’t want everyone to think they must wear a tuxedo or gown since the wedding is at 6:00pm.

For a formal wedding at 6:00 in the evening, the groom and his attendants would wear either white-tie with tails or black-tie with tuxedos. For a slightly less formal wedding, they could stick with black-tie and tuxedos, or they could wear dark suits. For the bridal attendants, if you’re going formal, they would wear long gowns in formal fabrics and colors (think dupioni, brocade or taffeta in black, navy or deep purple). If you’re going less formal, they can wear ankle-, mid-calf- or knee-length dresses in less formal combinations (like crepe, organza or chiffon in blues, pinks or greens).


A few other things can influence the attire as well. Time of year and location will also help determine what’s appropriate for attendants. For example, a beach wedding in August certainly doesn’t call for tuxedos, even if it’s at 6:00. But a November wedding in the city probably does. So you should take those factors into consideration as well.


In terms of the wording for guests’ attire, normally you would not see something about that on the actual invitation, but there are a few other things you can do to indicate that it’s a less formal affair. First, in the opening lines of the invitation, you can say “request the pleasure of your company” (instead of “request the honour of your presence”), indicating that the wedding will be less formal.


Another way to handle this is to have a separate card with details about the reception: time, place, directions and attire. In that case you wouldn’t list any details about the reception on the invitation, just end with the ceremony information. Also, we find that many brides now have wedding websites, so that’s also an excellent place to indicate to guests what attire would be appropriate. Further, make sure your wedding party knows what to tell people – many details like this end up getting communicated through wordofmouth, so it’s important to get attendants and parents all on the same page.

The At-Home Card


The At-home card tradition began in Victorian times as a way to officially announce a newlyweds’ joint home together and the date at which they would begin living there.   At-home cards were originally sent along with the Wedding Announcement or Wedding Invitation.  


Today, at-home cards are still useful as a way to alert people of an address change after marriage.  Many people also use these cards to announce a name change. Often, couples will send their cards out after the wedding and will include more information than just their home address.   It may be useful to include second homes, as well as cell phone numbers and email addresses, along with any other means of contact for you and your new spouse.