Lot 189: [Mardi Gras], C.C.C. Club
December 2, 2016
New Orleans, LA, USALive Auction
Description: [Mardi Gras], C.C.C. Club, ball invitation, "Fancy Dress and Masquerade Ball at Odd Fellow's Hall, Saturday Evening, February 3, 1894", 13 3/4 in. x 10 1/4 in. Provenance: Gaspar Cusachs, entrepreneur, historian and collector, (1855-1929); The Gaspar Cusachs Collection, loaned to the Louisiana State Museum, New Orleans, LA (c. 1909-2016). Note: The fancy dress and masquerade balls of the Two Well Known Gentlemen and C.C.C. Club known as the "French Balls" showcased the thriving prostitution industry in New Orleans prior to the establishment of the red-light district in Storyville in 1897. An example of this rare invitation is illustrated in Henry Schindler's Mardi Gras Treasures: Invitations to the Golden Age, Gretna: Pelican Publishing Co., 2000, p. 148. Ref.: Schindler, Henri, Mardi Gras: New Orleans, Paris: Flammarion, 1997, pp. 111-112.