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1222. [Mardi Gras], Rex ball invitation, 1875. [$400/600]
Note: 1875 Mardi Gras festivities were canceled due to Reconstruction tensions.
Ill.: Schindler, Henri. Mardi Gras Treasures: Invitation of the Golden Age. Gretna: Pelican Publishing Co., 2000, p. 47.

1223. [Mardi Gras], Rex ball invitation, 1877, theme "Military Progress of the World". [$300/500]
Ill.: Schindler, Henri. Mardi Gras Treasures: Invitation of the Golden Age. Gretna: Pelican Publishing Co., 2000, p. 48.

1224. [Mardi Gras], Rex ball invitation and admit card, 1880, theme "The Four Elements", (2 pcs.) [$400/600]
Ill.: Schindler, Henri. Mardi Gras Treasures: Invitation of the Golden Age. Gretna: Pelican Publishing Co., 2000, p. 49.

1225. [Mardi Gras], Rex ball invitation, 1882, theme "The Pursuit of Pleasures", design by Charles Britton. [$300/500]
Ill.: Schindler, Henri. Mardi Gras Treasures: Invitation of the Golden Age. Gretna: Pelican Publishing Co., 2000, pp. 50‑51.

1226. [Mardi Gras], Rex ball invitation envelope, 1883, theme "Atlantis, the Antediluvian World", lithography by F. Appel, Paris. [$200/400]Ill.: Schindler, Henri. Mardi Gras Treasures: Invitation of the Golden Age. Gretna: Pelican Publishing Co., 2000, p. 53.

1227. [Mardi Gras], Rex ball invitation and envelope, 1884, theme "The Semitic Races", lithography by F. Appel, Paris, (2 pcs.) [$400/600]
Ill.: Schindler, Henri. Mardi Gras Treasures: Invitation of the Golden Age. Gretna: Pelican Publishing Co., 2000, pp. 54‑55.

1228. [Mardi Gras], Rex ball invitation, 1885, theme "Ivanhoe", lithography by F. Appel, Paris. [$400/600]
Ill.: Schindler, Henri. Mardi Gras Treasures: Invitation of the Golden Age. Gretna: Pelican Publishing Co., 2000, p. 56.

1229. [Mardi Gras], Rex ball invitation, 1886, theme "The Triumph of Aurelian" and "Grand Historical Society". [$400/600]
Ill.: Schindler, Henri. Mardi Gras Treasures: Invitation of the Golden Age. Gretna: Pelican Publishing Co., 2000, p. 57.

1230.[Mardi Gras] Rex ball invitation, 1887, theme "Music and Drama", lithography by Sicard, Paris. [$300/500]
Ill.: Schindler, Henri, Mardi Gras Treasures: Invitations of the Golden Age, Gretna: Pelican Publishing Co., 2000, p. 58.

1231. [Mardi Gras], Rex, ball admit card, 1889, theme "Treasures of the Earth", and dance card, 1895, theme "Chronicles of Fairy Land ‑ Fantastic Tales for Young and Old", (2 pcs.) [$200/400]

1232. [Mardi Gras], Rex ball invitation, 1890, theme "Rulers of Ancient Times". [$400/600]
Ill.: Schindler, Henri, Mardi Gras Treasures: Invitations of the Golden Age, Gretna: Pelican Publishing Co., 2000, pp 60‑61.

1233. [Mardi Gras], Twelfth Night Revelers, ball invitation, 1875, theme "March of Ages". [$300/500]
Note: After the ball invitations had been delivered, the Twelfth Night Revelers canceled both their ball and parade due to the ongoing difficulties of Reconstruction.
Ill.: Schindler, Henri. Mardi Gras Treasures: Invitation of the Golden Age. Gretna: Pelican Publishing Co., 2000, p. 78.

1234. Disciples of Thespis, two ball admit cards, 1874, lithography by Wehrmann, Exchange Alley, New Orleans, (2 pcs.) [$200/400]
Note: The April 24, 1874 "New Orleans Republican" newspaper reported that despite the problems of flooding in the city, the Disciples of Thespis carried on with their planned parade and ball; "So, last night at half‑past eight o'clock, Thespis, the ancient but immortal, leaped into our midst, arrayed in costly robes as become a conquering Athenian, followed by a band of true and trusty disciples. To greet Thespis and his disciples, the populace had turned out in crowds with a surging mass of humanity...The pageant moved to the Varieties Theatre. The theatre was a parterre of beauty. The dress circle, parquette and second tier were all appropriated by ladies...After the tableau succeeded the ball, which was one of the finest that has ever been held in the Varieties Theatre. Its vied in splendor and magnificence with those of the Mystick Krewe and Twelfth Night Revellers. More we could not say were we to write a volume".

1235. Battalion Washington Artillery, ball invitation, 1885; together with Subscription ball invitation/program, Grand Commandery K.T. (Knights Templar), State of Louisiana, by Indivisible Friends No. 1, Jacques de Molay, No. 2, Orleans No. 3, Comanderies, 1875 (Masons); Grand Military Mask and Fancy Dress ball invitation, Continental Guards Co. A., 1877; and Battalion Washington Artillery ball program, 1886, (4 pcs.) [$200/400]

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