Object Timeline

  • We acquired this object.

1929

  • Work on this object ended.

2022

At-Home Card

This is a At-Home Card.

This object is not part of the Cooper Hewitt's permanent collection. It was able to spend time at the museum on loan from Smithsonian Libraries and Archives as part of Sarah & Eleanor Hewitt: Designing a Modern Museum.

It is dated 1880s–1920s. Its medium is ink on paper. It is a part of the department.

Sarah and Eleanor continued the tradition of their parents, hosting weekly gatherings for lively conversation. These cards served as reminders as to when the Hewitts were receiving guests. In 1922, author and socialite, Emily Post, known for her advice on etiquette wrote: “There are a few old-fashioned ladies … where on a certain afternoon of the week, if you come in for tea, you are sure to meet not alone those prominent in the world of fashion, but a fair admixture of artists, scientists, authors, inventors, distinguished strangers—in a word Best Society in its truest sense” (Etiquette in Society).

It is credited Smithsonian Libraries and Archives, SIA Record Unit 267, Box 14, Series 10.

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