[Bell, Alexander Graham. (1847–1922)]

Printed Invitation to Dinner with National Geographic Society Board of Managers

Printed dinner invitation card from the Scottish-born inventor to Robert Simpson Woodward (1849–1924), President of the Carnegie Institute, with the purpose of the dinner, "To meet the Board of Managers of the National Geographic Society," neatly penned in an unknown hand above the body of the invitation, which reads "Mr. Alexander Graham Bell / requests the pleasure of / President Woodward's / company at dinner / Thursday February 20 /  at seven thirty o'clock. / 1331 Connecticut Avenue."  No year given, presumed ca. 1897 - 1903. Small impression to verso breaking through slightly to recto, else in fine condition.  4.5 x 3.5 inches (11.4 x 8.9 cm.).

The National Geographic Society was founded in January 1888 in Washington, D.C., by a group of eminent citizens who wanted to promote geographic research and the popular distribution of the results of such research. The charter members of the Society included Alexander Graham Bell, who succeeded his father in law Gardiner Greene Hubbard as Society President in 1897. He retired as president of the National Geographic Society in 1903, although he remained a contributor to the magazine and an influential member of the organization until his death in 1922.  (19537)

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