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My dance card IS full. . . Dance Cards from the 1930’s-40’s

I have heard and read the expression “My dance card is full”.  And I have probably used it myself.  (Perhaps I may want to revisit introducing it back in to my vocabulary vs. some of the less patient place holders I have been using. . .  )  Now that I have seen a full dance card the expression just makes me smile.

Here are some examples of dance cards from the late 1930’s and early 40’s.  Most are from college, a few are from high school proms.  Each palm size program is a peek into window at a few special evenings in the past.  They range from elegant to humorous. Given the era, the details and the variety of materials were a surprise.   The penmanship is of course lovely, and some cards are filled in with colorful, gold or embossed writing.  The ones with pencils attached (still sharp!) are favorites.

This collection has proven fairly irresistible in this millennium each time when viewed.  I’d bet “Florian and Her Accordion” had a wonderful time performing at the Cabaret dance! (photo 5)

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