From the Museum…

Our company archivist, Vicky Britton, reveals a new addition to our Bond Street flagship museum:

Smythson is celebrating our rich heritage in wedding stationery this month and to showcase this we have arranged a special exhibition in our New Bond Street museum.

The display case features a select few pieces from our company archive, including Frank Smythson’s scrapbook, 1887-1915, showing some very early advertisements for ‘first-class, fashionable’ wedding stationery.

The display also gives some interesting snippets of information about how the writing and sending of wedding invitations has changed over the years.

For example, in the days before the postal system the only guaranteed way to deliver a wedding invitation was by hand, usually sent by a hired courier or servant of the family.

Since many of these deliveries would be made by horseback, the double envelope was designed to ensure the invitation reached its destination in impeccable condition.

The outer envelope would be removed and only the clean interior envelope, with invitation inside, would be presented to the master or mistress of the house.


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