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"The Position In Quadrille". Sketch from Eric Homberger's book, " Mrs. Astor's New York."  Proper position, for the American Gilded Age era Quadrille dance at High Society Ball's, and Debutante Parties. ~ {cwl}

" Proper position for the American Gilded Age era, Quadrille dance at High Societies Ball's, and Debutante Parties.

Masquerade, c. 1515  Rosenwald Collection  1943.3.4392  Image Use Open Access

German Century Masquerade, c. 1515 Rosenwald Collection NGA open access The brocade gown does not appear to have a waist seam.

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Dancing to the gramophone - what an amazing delight (and technological advancement) that must have been back in its day.

New Year's Eve 1837-38, from  George Cruikshank's : Comic Almanack, January 1838

New Year's Eve from George Cruikshank's : Comic Almanack, January 1838

Ticket to a ball at Hickford's Rooms, 1744

Image: [Ticket of Hickford's Room, [Monday ye of Jan, announcing A ball ]

1817 June. 'La Poule' by George Cruikshank Etched and hand colored. Lewis Walpole Library

'La Poule' [a kind of quadrille] by George Cruikshank Etched and hand colored.

From 1830′s George Cruikshank series entitled Dancing Lessons

Dancing master: From George Cruikshank series entitled Dancing Lessons

Unidentified Artist   Grand Ball Given at the Academy of Music, New York  The Illustrated London News. 1860.

Newland Archer in Chapter enters his box late through a back door as Christine Nilsson performs Faust. " When Newland Archer opened the door at the back of the club box the curtain had just gone up on the garden scene" (ch

Emma, Lady Hamilton, dancing the tarantella  by William Lock & Mariano Bovi, London, 1796 Dames a la Mode

Emma, Lady Hamilton, dancing the tarantella by William Lock Mariano Bovi, London, 1796 Dames a la Mode

Three Couples in a Circle Dance, c. 1515  Rosenwald Collection  1964.8.1767  Image Use Open Access

""Three Couples in a Circle Dance, c. 1515 Rosenwald Collection Image Use Open Access""

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