« Humming Bird Dance | Main | June 2018 Gig Calendar »

May 14, 2018

Comments

Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

This is actually a quite typical card (and program) for a late-C19 Ball. However, the concurrent Oyster Supper is interesting because it occurred simultaneously with the dancing, rather than just as refreshment at intermission.
Oysters (typically, oyster stew) were thought of as among the best refreshments at dances, since they 'don't fill you up,' but were satisfying. They thus were perfect for a "collation" (light meal).
I've seen a number of invitations/programs for conflated "Oyster Supper" and social dance events. It appears that many people expected an "Oyster Supper" to include social dancing. Balls and other social dance events, however, had a variety of refreshment offerings, that sometimes consisted of an Oyster Supper.
If you'd like to chat about C19 dance events, please let me know. I own hundreds of cards and invitations, and photocopies of many more (primarily C19 New England).
I'm especially looking for dance ephemera that name Abram Pushee (d.1868) as musician or prompter.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Working...
Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.

Working...

Post a comment

Your Information

(Name and email address are required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)

Historical Dance Music For Sale

Fancy Dress Balls & Masquerades


  • Kickery's sister blog. Currently dormant but includes brief discussions and illustrations of historical fancy dress and masquerade balls.
Blog powered by Typepad