Continuing with my leap year theme, here's a dance card from an event held on Tuesday, January 2nd, 1888, by the Fedora Leap Year Club. The scans of this card were sent to me by California dancer Tom Willson, who had a question about a couple of the dances on the program. I couldn't give him a definite answer, but the card itself turned out to be surprisingly interesting. Click the image at left of the outside of the card to enlarge it and take a close look at the text.
The event was the "First Grand Quadrille Social", though the dance mix is not particularly quadrille-heavy for the era -- seven out of the twenty dances, with the rest being a typical mix of other dances, which I will discuss below. I haven't been able to trace the origin of the card; unfortunately, there are a number of Russell Halls in the United States, and with no city listed, I can't pick out which one. Nor have I had any luck with the Fedora Leap Year Club. Digging around on genealogy sites, here are some hints from some of the names of the organizers (Lizzie Spooner, Maggie Breazeale) that they might have been from somewhere in the south, but I can't say for certain where the ball occurred.
But those names are the start of what is so interesting about this card: they're all female. That's not that out of the ordinary for an organizing committee, but to have the floor managers be female? That's pretty unusual. As evidenced by the name of the club, this was in fact a leap year ball, run along the lines of the fictional ladies' ball described in the 1835 story I just discussed. What a bizarre coincidence to have this card turn up just as I was preparing to write that post!