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Dance Card, 1895

Date: 1895

Type: Document



Dance cards were used by women and girls to note the names of dance partners for each dance listed in the program.  They were typically worn looped over the woman’s wrist, and were frequently kept as souvenirs of an enjoyable time.  Henry O. Upton and members of his family taught dance classes that almost always culminated in final gatherings, where students could showcase their skills and have fun socializing. This dance card lists the dances offered at the final assembly of Upton’s Evening Dance School, held at Salem’s famed Hamilton Hall on Chestnut Street.