First Grand Reception for H.A Martin Association
Friday April 15th 1887
Mænnerchor Hall Franklin Street and Fairmount Avenue (Philadelphia)
Inside, on one side ‘Order of Dancing’, and on other blank lines titled ‘Engagements’
On back page, names of Grand Conductor, Committee and Floor Managers.
Thick paper. 4 pages.
4 ⅝” x 3”
A dance card or programme du bal is used by a woman to record the names of the gentlemen with whom she intends to dance each successive dance at a formal ball. They appear to have originated in the 18th century, but their use first became widespread in 19th century Vienna, especially at the massive balls during Fasching before Lent.
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.