One thing I’ve learned from going through my grandmother’s scrapbook is that she loved to go out and she loved to dance! Well, I’m not 100% sure that she loved to dance but I do know that she went to a lot of dances and fortunately for me, she kept a lot of mementos from those special events.
The invitations, bids, and dance cards just amaze me. Now I realize that by today’s standards these items would be pretty boring but in 1912, these were amazing! Look at the beautiful writing on this dance card.
Someone must have spent a lot of time putting this together. It took me a minute but can you see the 1912 in the ‘block’ of green ink? Here’s the inside that shows the dance program.
Some of these names, Carleton Best and M. Pugh, are familiar to me. She danced with Carleton three times – wonder if she (or he) was smitten? And here’s her description.
So we know the date was May 17, 1912 and we know she didn’t go with anyone. But it looks like she danced the night away!
And then there’s this one.
These are hard to read but I can pick out Elbert (dance #3) who was the brother of her BFF, Hallie Hitchcock. And again, a few dances with Carleton (#1 and #9) and even Howard (#2 and Extra #1). What in the world would Extras and Extra Extras be?
And here’s her description:
Ooooohhh, she went to the dance with Carleton. I sure wish I knew the date of this dance – was it before May 17, 1912 or after? And just what does “had a pretty good time considering” mean? Did she not like Carleton after she got home? Did he not pay enough attention to her? Come on, Grandma, inquiring minds want to know!
And then there was this dance given at Eleanor Phelps’ house.
Now this one really took some time as the blue paper was cut out and glued to the front. That’s a lot of detail and must have required a bunch of patience. And the inside:
Oh boy, looks like Earl was penciled in a lot on this dance card and poor Carleton was only on there once. But wait – what’s this?
What? She didn’t go? So how did this dance card get filled up? And none of these names are in my grandmother’s handwriting so did she have them sign the card after the fact?
Grandma, just about the time I get you figured out you throw me a curveball!