Saturday, January 19, 2013

Inaugural Balls

It's the weekend of the inauguration, so let's look at some inaugural balls. We've already seen Calvin Coolidge's ball in 1925. Here are a few more. I think it's typical for them to be really crowded. Dancing was probably much less important than being seen. The first two (1857 and 1861) took place in temporary structures, with wood floors and walls. The third (1865) was in a government building.

Inaugural ball for James Buchanan, March 1857

Inaugural ball for Lincoln, 1861
Second inaugural ball for Lincoln, 1865

1 comment:

  1. Those balls look so fabulous! What a place to be seen.

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