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Sign:Lancers / Plain Quadrille / Fancy Quadrille / Trilby Two-step / Intermission / Boston Fancy / Schott

ca. 1880

The Strong National Museum of Play

The Strong National Museum of Play

These eleven signs list eleven different late-19th century dances. With names such as "Trilby Two-step,""Boston Fancy," and "Old-Fashioned Cottilion," the signs found use at public dances such as a fraternity dance or other social event. The museum's collection holds many examples of dance cards--little booklets or cards with the name of the event on the cover and a similar list of dances inside. Dance cards included space for the lady to write the name of the gentleman to whom she had promised each dance. Dance cards helped prevent the shame of "wallflowers" or ladies forced to sit along the wall because they had no partner. These larger signs, with ribbon ties at the top, would have been posted to remind dancers and party attendees of the name of the current dance or perhaps of the next. (Not all dances printed booklets in advance.) The signs could also be hung as a group to show all of the dances planned for an evening.

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  • Title: Sign:Lancers / Plain Quadrille / Fancy Quadrille / Trilby Two-step / Intermission / Boston Fancy / Schott
  • Date Created: ca. 1880
  • Subject Keywords: dance
  • Type: More Play Stuff
  • Medium: printed cardstock, ribbon
  • Object ID: 101.261

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