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Antique 8 layer 2 tier miniature peepshow from 1876 - Masonic pop-up souvenir with original dance card

pop-up movable Dance Program - antique 1876
Pop-up & Movable 6 page Ball Program Booklet 1800's

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Antique 8 layer 2 level miniature peepshow from 1876 - Masonic Dance Card – includes dance elaborate pop-up souvenir as well as the original dance card. Excellent condition. This little peepshow also has two levels!

Intricate 6 layer miniature peepshow pop-up scene (8 layers including backdrops)
Closed 4-5/8" x 3-1/8" x 1/4"
open 4-5/8" high x 3-1/8" wide by 7-1/2" deep

Dated 1876

Peepshow also includes the original dance card program as well at the attached decorative cord.

Dance cards became increasingly elaborate as lithography became popular in the late nineteenth century. This is the only one that we have seen however, that includes a full pop-up peepshow scene, apparently attached to dance card as a souvenir.

Of interest to collectors of peepshows, movable books, dance cards, and masonic Ephemera.

Condition: Excellent. Dance card is unused! 6 layer Peepshow/Pop-up is complete and intact in all original condition without repairs. See photos. One scene loose but we did not attempt to glue. Opened only to take photographs and to be sure that it did indeed stand on it’s own.
Standing it looks like a stair step with a scene at the bottom of step and a scene on the top of step.


Dancing was a beloved social activity in the nineteenth century. Dance cards become popular items at balls and assemblies in the early 19th century. In most cases the front cover of the dance card told the reason/sponsor for the event, the location, date, and the name of the band that would be playing that evening. The interior of the dance card usually contained a list of the evening's dances, with blank lines on the facing page intended for the names of the gentlemen to whom the lady had promised each dance. The decorative cord would be worn on the ladies wrist to keep track of which partner was promised each dance.

This elaborate dance card was for the Third Select Hop of the Eastern Assembly, at Masonic Temple, Thanksgiving Eve, November 29th, 1876. Research shows that this dance was held in Baltimore Maryland.


Product Code: A-70

Tiny peepshow from 1876