The "tasselled dancecards" that Stephen's mother has kept were staples of formal nineteenth century dances. Women carried small (approximately 2” x 4”) booklets with numbered lines corresponding to each piece of music. Men asked for the privilege of a given dance, and their names or initials were entered on the corresponding line. In the image displayed, all the names are female, probably because no men were present at this dance at Simmons College, an American women's college.

JH 2011

Source: gslisfs1.simmons.edu.

Source: gslisfs1.simmons.edu.