Stephen Hawking's Time Travellers Invitation: Limited Edition Print (black)

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Limited edition of 100.

Created by Peter Dean with the approval of world-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, this poster is part of a real time-travel experiment.

Professor Hawking devised an ingeniously simple experiment to prove whether time travel to the past was possible. He held a reception for time travellers, but didn't publicise it until after it had happened. This way, only those who could travel back in time would be able to attend.

The success of this experiment depends entirely on the invitation poster being seen by time travellers. 

This is a beautiful letterpress poster, hand-printed with a visible impression in silver ink on archival black paper in a limited edition of 100 prints. It is designed in a Victorian style and, in combination with the subject matter, the poster has something of a steampunk feel about it. Prints are numbered by hand, in pencil, at the lower right in the form #/100. Each print also comes with a certificate of authenticity signed by Peter Dean and an information sheet containing the story of Hawking's experiment. Also available is a limited edition printed on handmade paper and a screen-printed open edition in two colours.

Buyers of this print may help to prove that time travel is possible.

"I'm hoping copies of it in one form or another will survive for many thousands of years. Maybe one day someone living in the future will find the information and use a wormhole time machine to come back to my party, proving that time travel will, one day, be possible."

Stephen Hawking

Prints are sold unframed.


Letterpress print, in silver ink. Printed at New North Press in Shoreditch, London.


The overall dimensions of the print are 16" x 20" (40.6cm x 50.8cm). Fits a standard frame size.


The poster is printed on 280gsm Somerset Black Velvet which is 100% cotton and also acid-free.

The poster reads as follows:

You are cordially invited to
Hosted by
To be held in the past, at
Gonville & Caius College, Trinity Street, Cambridge
Location: 52˚ 12' 21" N, 0˚ 7' 4.7" E
12:00 UT 28 JUNE 2009

Prints are sold unframed and we recommend professional conservation framing for our limited edition prints. This print is a standard size and there are also ready-made 16" x 20" frames available (for example this 16" x 20" frame from Amazon USA or this 16" x 20" frame from UK Frames).

For a limited time, shipping to all destinations is free.

We take great care with packaging to help ensure that your print reaches you in excellent condition. Limited edition prints are wrapped in acid-free tissue paper and shipped in large-diameter, thick-walled tubes with secured end caps.

We ship worldwide, using the Royal Mail's Special Delivery service (for UK orders) and International Signed For services (for all other orders). Depending on the destination, orders for multiple prints may arrive in multiple packages.

UK orders are usually delivered within two working days. International orders are normally delivered within 5–10 working days.




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