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An Invitation to Prison

My notion of no place to print the “California Invites the World in 1915” slogan is on the envelopes that come out of San Quentin Prison. I have before me one of these envelopes. In the upper left hand corner is printed the name of the prison, and in the middle of the envelope, in pale red that makes a sort of rising sun effect, is the invitation to the Fair. That is to say, we know it to be such an invitation, but to the stranger receiving one of the envelopes it would appear that he was being invited to serve a term in the penitentiary in 1915. Whoever had that legend stamped on the prison stationery was woefully lacking in the sense of humor.

The Spectator
Town Talk The Pacific Weekly
June 8, 1912