Dance Cards Part II

In case you missed yesterday’s post, Dance Cards Part I, click here.  “Dance cards were used by women starting in the 18th century to record the names of gentlemen she intended to dance with at a formal ball. An actual dance card is typically a booklet with a decorative cover, listing dance titles, composers, and the person with whom the woman intended to dance. Typically, it would have a cover indicating the sponsoring organization of the ball and a decorative cord by which it could be attached to a lady’s wrist or ball gown.”   -Wikipedia

Here are some more dance cards that I’m loving (image credits at the bottom of this post):

From the top:

1909 Mosman District Cricket Club dance card via the Mosman Library

1891 Masquerade dance card via Inside the Gates

1887 Jubilee dance card via the Worcestershire County Council: Croome Collection

Shield dance card via Willow Manor

1874 Shoe dance card via the San Francisco History Center, Book Arts and Special Collections

1847 dance card via Mary Mary Quite Contrary

1884 dance card depicting U.S. presidential candidates via Wikipedia


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