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189. [Mardi Gras], C.C.C. Club, ball invitation, "Fancy Dress and Masquerade Ball at Odd Fellow's Hall, Saturday Evening, February 3, 1894", 13 3/4 in. x 10 1/4 in. [$500/700]
Provenance: Gaspar Cusachs, entrepreneur, historian and collector, (1855-1929); The Gaspar Cusachs Collection, loaned to the Louisiana State Museum, New Orleans, LA (c. 1909-2016).
Note: The fancy dress and masquerade balls of the Two Well Known Gentlemen and C.C.C. Club known as the "French Balls" showcased the thriving prostitution industry in New Orleans prior to the establishment of the red‑light district in Storyville in 1897.
An example of this rare invitation is illustrated in Henry Schindler's Mardi Gras Treasures: Invitations to the Golden Age, Gretna: Pelican Publishing Co., 2000, p. 148.
Ref.: Schindler, Henri, Mardi Gras: New Orleans, Paris: Flammarion, 1997, pp. 111‑112.

190. [Mardi Gras], The Original Two Well Known Gentlemen, ball invitation, Mardi Gras Night, February 26th, 1895, Odd Fellows' Hall, 13 in. x 10 1/2 in. [$500/700]
Provenance: Gaspar Cusachs, entrepreneur, historian and collector, (1855-1929); The Gaspar Cusachs Collection, loaned to the Louisiana State Museum, New Orleans, LA (c. 1909-2016).
Note: One of the "Two Well‑Known Gentlemen" was Tom Anderson, saloon and bordello owner who was considered the unofficial Mayor of Storyville.
An example of this rare invitation is illustrated in Henri Schindler's Mardi Gras Treasures: Invitations of the Golden Age, Gretna: Pelican Publishing Co., 2000, p. 148.
Ref.: Schindler, Henri, Mardi Gras: New Orleans, Paris: Flammarion, 1997, pp. 111‑112.

191. [Mardi Gras], C.C.C. Club, ball invitation, "Odd Fellow's Hall, Saturday Night, Feb. 23rd, 1895", 13 1/2 in. x 7 1/2 in. [$400/600]
Provenance: Gaspar Cusachs, entrepreneur, historian and collector, (1855-1929); The Gaspar Cusachs Collection, loaned to the Louisiana State Museum, New Orleans, LA (c. 1909-2016).

192. [Mardi Gras], C.C.C. Club, ball invitation, "Odd Fellow's Hall, Saturday Night, Feb. 23rd, 1895", 13 1/2 in. x 7 1/2 in. [$400/600]
Provenance: Gaspar Cusachs, entrepreneur, historian and collector, (1855-1929); The Gaspar Cusachs Collection, loaned to the Louisiana State Museum, New Orleans, LA (c. 1909-2016).

193. [Mardi Gras], C.C.C. Club, ball invitation, "Odd Fellow's Hall, Saturday Night, Feb. 23rd, 1895", 13 1/2 in. x 7 1/2 in. [$400/600]
Provenance: Gaspar Cusachs, entrepreneur, historian and collector, (1855-1929); The Gaspar Cusachs Collection, loaned to the Louisiana State Museum, New Orleans, LA (c. 1909-2016).

194. [Mardi Gras], C.C.C. Club, ball invitation, "Odd Fellow's Hall, Saturday Night, Feb. 23rd, 1895", 13 1/2 in. x 7 1/2 in. [$400/600]
Provenance: Gaspar Cusachs, entrepreneur, historian and collector, (1855-1929); The Gaspar Cusachs Collection, loaned to the Louisiana State Museum, New Orleans, LA (c. 1909-2016).

765. [Mardi Gras], Rex ball invitation, envelope with sticker, and admit card, "Ivanhoe" 1885, lithograph by F. Appel, Paris. (3 pcs.) [$600/800]
Note: The mounted horseback riders in the 1885 Rex parade costumed as the different countries represented in the World's Industrial and Cotton Centennial held in Audubon Park.

766. [Secret Societies, St. Louis, MO], Veiled Prophets, ball invitation and envelope, theme "The Return of Shakespeare", 1884. [$300/500]

767. [Mardi Gras], "St. Valentine as Rex, as Prince Carnival, Then Comes Lent and the D‑ to Pay", Fed. 14, 1893, pen and ink, 10 1/4 in. x 9 3/4 in., framed. [$100/150]
Note: With the theme of "Fantasies", the Rex ball was held on Feb. 14, 1893 at Washington Artillery Hall.

768. Battalion Washington Artillery Ball Invitation and Envelope, 1885, with dance card and program; together with Order of Cincinnatus envelope and Proteus dance card in fragments, "The Myths and Worships of Chinese", 1885. (6 pcs.) [$300/500]

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