1859 ORIGINAL ANTIQUE GRAND DRESS BALL INVITATION NEW ORLEANS HISTORY SCHILLER For Sale
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1859 ORIGINAL ANTIQUE GRAND DRESS BALL INVITATION NEW ORLEANS HISTORY SCHILLER: $56
Grand Dress Ball, IN HONOR OF SCHILLER'S Centennial Birthday, Madame Wagner, The pleasure of your company is respectfully solicited at the Ball, to be given at ODD FELLOWS HALL, ON Friday Evening, Nov. 11, 1859, Committee of Invitation, DR. MASS, DR.LANGENBECKER, LOUIS SCHWARZ.DR. MAAS,President of the Schiller Committee; DR. LANGENBECKER[a German immigrant who had become a naturalized citizen of the U.S. in New Orleans in 1855, who would later go on to serve as Assistant Surgeon of the 13th Louisiana Infantry, C.S.A.]; LOUIS SCHWARZ[a Crescent City printer/publisher]. Rare original invitation to the event, single leaf, 6" x 4 1/4" opening to 8 1/2", vertical center fold, die-cut edges, featuring elaborate embossed border design.The Shiller Festival in New Orleans, celebrating the centennial anniversary of Schiller's birthday, was held November 9-11, 1859, commencing with the theater performance of the drama: "The Robbers," by Schiller, at the Orleans Theater on the 9th, and included a Procession on the morning of the 10th.."The Procession will move up Canal to Royal, down Royal to Esplanade, up Chartres to Canal, down Canal to Carondelet, up Carondelet to Julia, Julia street down to Camp, Camp to Poydras, down Poydras to St. Charles street [The central point of interest was the Schiller float, created in the form of a temple of the Muses, decorated with sixteen shield-shaped portraits of the most celebrated writers of all time. Behind, on a high pedistal, was the bust of the poet, garlanded with laurel leaves and a gilded necklace. This bust of Schiller was later presented to the city and installed in the Fisk Public Library.]....The festivities to conclude with a GRAND BALL, on the evening of 11th November, at Odd Fellows' Hall. A full Orchestra is engaged. All inhabitants of New Orleans and environs, without regard to nationality, are respectfullyinvited to participate in the festivities. The Festival Committee is desirous tohave all friends and admirers of Schiller decorate their dwellings during the procession, as also that Consuls and Captains may hoist their respective flags." -New Orleans Daily Crescent, Monday Morning, October 31, 1859.