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Rare example of an elaborate Pop-up & Movable 6 page Ball Program Booklet - 1882

pop-up movable Dance Program - antique 1882
Pop-up & Movable 6 page Ball Program Booklet 1800's

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Facinating and elaborate 1882 pop-up program booklet for a high German society New York Ball held at a premier German Dance Hall.

The program is for the 15th annual "Langwedler Verein" Ball held at Gieb’s Walhalla Hall

4 pages plus covers - Cover has a pop-up and movable pull tab, back cover has intricate die-cut. Booklet is ound with original tassel also in fine condition.

4.75" X 3.5"

Fine condition. Whoever took this program home from the ball obviously cherished the memory and kept it in a special safe place. It truly captures a moment in time 135 years ago with it’s beautiful all original condition and with a working movables.

Cover: A pull tab at the top opens the door to reveal a stunning pop-up cherub and gold gilt butterfly.
Text - 4 pages containing the evenings agenda including a list of dances to be played, names of club officers and club members who pit the ball together. It also indicates intermission and a wistful “we part to meet again in 1883” at the end.
Back cover: intricate die-cut attached to back cover - see photo

Collectors Corner:

See below for an interesting history surrounding this magnificent piece:

The Langwedler Verien was listed in 1880’s publications under German societies and organizations. It was common for various Lower East Side German societies (singing, shooting, social, gymnastic), to hold annual meetings, dinners, and balls at the many social halls located in the area. Langwedler was a German social and amusement society. Their annual ball and summer picnic were events where respectable Lower East Side young ladies could meet unattached young men and flirt.

This particular year, 1882, the annual "Langwedler Verein" Ball took place at the premier venue of the area, Gieb’s Walhalla Hall located at 48-52 Orchard Street (on the corner of Orchard and Grand). Judging from the elaborate expense that went into this program booklet, it must have been quite an affair.

Gieb’s Walhalla Hall was built in 1868. A large hall, it occupied two lots. Adam and Conrad Geib rented the hall from its builder, Hardfeldter, and for years it was one of the prime halls for the German population of the area. It was demolished in 1898.
According to The American metropolis from Knickerbocker days to the present time; New York city life 1887- “ It is the best known public gathering place in all New Israel. There public meetings are held, strikes are organized and managed, conventions manipulated, and marriages are celebrated. There public meetings are held, strikes are organized and managed, conventions manipulated, and marriages are celebrated. Balls and dances attract the gay youngsters of every class, style and description”

As far as the entertainment that night went - We learn from the Souvenir and Official Programme of the Press Club Fair: Grand Central Palace, Grand Central Depot, Lexington Avenue, 43d and 44th Street that Lederhaus was an orchestra led by A. Lederhaus. A. Lederhaus was a well known orchestra popular at German events in New York.


Product Code: A-52

Antique Vintage movable and pop-up book let - unique!