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Balls were a popular form of entertainment, especially among youg people, throughout the first half of the 19th century. Such events were generally coordinated by 2 or 3 young men, known as managers. The location of the ball, Windham Hall, is unknown, as is the identity of Dolly Smith and the three named managers, or the year. The significance of the time posted, 6 o'clock p.m., is notable since in June it would allow for a long evening of daylight. With candles the only artificial light in this time period, party invitations nearly always named a time of the year and time of the day that capitalized on long periods of natural light.


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Court Ball Invitation

creator   Ball Managers
date   c. 1820
location   Unknown
width   3.625"
height   2.5"
process/materials   printed paper, ink with manuscript
item type   Personal Documents/Invitation
accession #   #L03.003

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