Citizen’s Grand Dress Ball, for the Benefit of the Families of the Members of the Franklin Fire Company, Now Serving Their Country in Mexico. Philadelphia, 1847.
Invitations, while occasionally kept for sentimental reasons, were more frequently discarded after use before the era of scrapbooking. Even so, efforts were made to make them as appealing as possible, and to reflect the tone of the event. This invitation, with its assortment of refined typefaces, its white simplicity, and its delicate embossing, suggests the gentility and refinement of the benefit being staged for the families of Franklin firefighters serving in the Mexican-American War. The Franklin Fire Company was not typically associated with gentility. The company frequently engaged in violent battles with rival companies in its Southwark, Philadelphia, neighborhood.