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
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