Independence Ball. The Managers respectfully solicit the attendance of M___________ at the Assembly-Room of Wm. Fairman, in Smithfield…. [opening lines of illustrated 1832 invitation].
Independence Ball. The Managers respectfully solicit the attendance of M___________ at the Assembly-Room of Wm. Fairman, in Smithfield…. [opening lines of illustrated 1832 invitation].

Independence Ball. The Managers respectfully solicit the attendance of M___________ at the Assembly-Room of Wm. Fairman, in Smithfield…. [opening lines of illustrated 1832 invitation].


Both an ornamental border and a large engraving of an American eagle help to broadcast a July 4th Independence Day ball in the town of Smithfield. This Smithfield may be in Virginia, Pennsylvania, or possibly elsewhere. The names of the invitees are accomplished in ink, a Lewis Wheat and the name of an unmarried woman.

Balls commemorating American Independence quickly became a staple fixture in popular culture, this ephemeral example being one from 1832 in Jacksonian America.


Description: Independence Ball. The Managers respectfully solicit the attendance of M___________ at the Assembly-Room of Wm. Fairman, in Smithfield…. [opening lines of illustrated 1832 invitation].

[Smithfield, Virginia? Pennsylvania. June 7, 1832]. Engraved Invitation. 5¼ x 8 inches. Usual folds, two small tape remnants to verso; collector’s neat number code in pencil; very good condition.

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