What We Saved: Old-Time Ephemera
from the Seaport Museum Archives
Invitation Card and Envelope
Launching of Battleship USS New Jersey
Philadelphia Navy Yard
December 7, 1942
Ship launching ceremonies serve to officially name the ship and bless it on its voyages. In America, women became the preferred sponsors of ships around the 1840s, charged with breaking a bottle of spirits over the bow. Champagne eventually became the libation of choice for its effervescence.
Built at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in 1942, the battleship USS New Jersey was launched on December 7, 1942. Mrs. Charles Edison, wife of Governor Edison of New Jersey and the ship’s sponsor, christened the battleship. New Jersey served with distinction during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam conflict. She was decommissioned in 1991, as has now been restored and opened as an educational museum on the Delaware River in Camden, New Jersey.
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Invitation: 7 × 6 1/8 inches
Envelope: 3 5/8 × 6 1/2 inches
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