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Dinner plate used by Ronald and Nancy Reagan, designed and manufactured by Lenox in 1981. Although the first lady used private funds to pay for the new White House china, the cost--reportedly more than $200,000--generated some controversy.

Place card used to identify guest seats at formal dinners hosted by Rutherford and Lucy Hayes.

Ronald and Nancy Reagan hosting a state dinner for Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser, 1981.

Courtesy of Ronald Reagan Library

Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter welcoming Pope John Paul II to the White House, 1979

Courtesy of White House Historical Association

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