This collection comprises an inaugural ball admittance ticket and eleven invitations for dances, balls, and a cotillion party
held in locations in Massachusetts, chiefly in the city of Worcester. All materials are printed. Several include holograph
notations of dates or individual invitees, and contain information such as the location and sponsor of the dance, names of
the dance managers or members of the arrangement committee, and the name and number of members of the quadrille band or orchestra.
Sponsoring organizations for these dances include the Worcester Light Infantry, the Worcester City Guards, and several fire
companies. Some invitations request an "early answer" and several indicate that carriages will call for the attendees. Several
of the items are on embossed paper or card stock, with design elements including firemen, warriors, an eagle, and a horse-drawn
fire engine. One invitation is printed in gold and its printer is identified as Fletcher. In addition to Worcester, other
locations of dances include Hubbardstown, Jonesville, and Templeton, all small towns in eastern Massachusetts.
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