Cleveland, Ohio: Cleveland Yachting Association, 1880. Envelope or Cover.
The bi-fold, cardstock invitation is addressed to L. Lockwood Esquire of Sandusky. It includes a chart of the regatta course as well as the regatta rules and list of prizes. Also included are the cover letter and envelope used to forward it; both are branded wtith the club’s CYA pennant. The invitation measures 5.75” x 4.5” unfolded.
The letter and invitation report that the regatta was to be held on July 5th, 1880 and that all entries would be assigned to one of three classes: First (over 35’, entrance fee $10, first prize $75), Second (22’ to 35’, entrance fee $5, first prize $60), Third (under 22’, entrance fee $3, first prize $40). They also provide additional information about the course, the committee, and a special prize. The envelope is franked with a three-cent green Washington stamp (Scott #183). Everything is in nice shape. Very good. Item #009374 For more information see the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History on- line at Case Western University and Brown’s The History of American Yachts and Yachtsmen.
The CYA, founded in 1878, was organized by George W. Gardner, the mayor of Cleveland who as also a pioneer in yacht racing. Its first regatta was held in 1879; this invitation is for the second.
For more information see the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History on- line at Case Western University and Brown’s The History of American Yachts and Yachtsmen.