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October 17, 2010

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Phi Lambda Epsilon was founded February 12, 1892 at Clinton Academy, Missouri. There are currently seven extant chapters. It is described as a "national educational fraternity."

I'm curious as to why so many of these that are not filled in seem to survive. Do you have any in your collection that have the dances filled out?

Dear Susan,

Dancecards can be a very tricky source towards changing dance-fashion. Dance-preferance as illustrated on this dancecard is largely a matter of the personal preferences of the organiser of the ball. Which can be traditionalist, innovative, avant-garde, etc. and every proposition in between. As long as we don't have access to personal comments on this particulary ball (Did the crowd present at the ball like about the dances on the dancecard? Was the dancecard followed at all? For how long, and why?), it might be a bit too early to draw to conclusions about changing dance fashion. If you can read Dutch or have my articles translated in English, you can find more about my opinions on http://dansanterfgoed.blogspot.com

Karen Ann: Thank you! I'll add this to the post.

Cathy: The unused ones may have been extras from the event, or perhaps belonged to someone who didn't actually use it. I have a number of dance cards from events I've attended where I just never bothered to use it to book dances. I do have ones with names filled in -- this Yale card from 1921, for example, was half-filled.

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