A language of fans was created so messages could be sent without chaparones, fathers and even husbands finding out! The attached book is to symbolise a dance card, but instead holds the messages trapped inside the grids of each monture and the instructions of how to hold the fan to convey the message.
Carnet de bal
QUINQUABELLE or perfect imperfections: March 7, 2009
[Mardi Gras], a Krewe of Proteus Ball dance card and pencil, the latter marked "Engagements", 1904, "The Alphabet"
Carnet de bal (dance card): tortoiseshell, gold, and ivory.
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1920 - Evening purse
Dance Cards - Carnet de Bal - Ballspende
A mid-19th century enamel and 18K gold châtelaine.
Mardi Gras, Ball Invitation and Dance Card with pencil, Krewe of Proteus, 1900 "Legions of the Middle Ages", February 26, 1900, (2 pcs.) Note: The 1901 Krewe of Proteus invitation is illustrated in Henri Schindler's Mardi Gras Treasures: Invitations of the Golden Age, Pelican Publishing. Gretna, 2000, p. 137.