A Snowy Evening In The 1890s

In January, The Commonwealth Vintage Dancers hosted an 1890s weekend (the same weekend that included an ice skating party that I blogged about a few weeks ago). Despite some snow during the day and into the evening, people were not kept away and the ball on Saturday was packed with dancers. Please join me on a little jaunt back to a snowy evening in the 1890s.


Arriving at the ball in the snow. (Well, sort of… I actually arrived in modern clothes, got dressed in my 1893 ball gown, borrowed a friend’s fur cape to keep the snow off my silk and the cold off my chest, and went back outside to take staged “arriving” photos.)


The entrance hall’s view of the snow outside.


The beautiful main staircase to the upper floors. There were lots of lovely sitting areas and nooks throughout the venue.


There were also bookcases everywhere full of elegant hard cover books (my favorite!).


In the ballroom, couples danced round dances including waltzes and polkas.


What strikes me in this photograph are the black and white evening suits of the gentlemen. Everyone is nicely lined up to dance what I believe was the Opera Reel.

Videos are even more immersive than photos, and with this you can actually step into the ballroom that evening. Keep a look out for me partway through the video dancing a polka and then dancing a waltz at the end.


It became quite warm in the ballroom with all that dancing, so I stepped outside partway through to cool off and the snow had resumed in earnest!


People spread through the house during the a break in the dancing. Here we are part way up the main staircase. Aren’t we well set up for a photo?


And finally, being silly, because I blended very well with the curtains! Good night!


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6 Responses to A Snowy Evening In The 1890s

  1. Doris McEwen Harris says:

    You look stunning. Your post is filled with fun and I enjoyed seeing it.
    Love you so much,
    Aunt Doris

  2. Gabriela says:

    Great photos, gorgeous location…looks like an excellent evening was had by all!

  3. Isabella says:

    No need to hide behind the curtains, it looks like your dress came out well and you have a great evening! Stay warm!!!!

  4. Nessa says:

    Such lovely photos. 🙂

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