Lot 190: [Mardi Gras] Well Known Gentlemen
December 2, 2016
New Orleans, LA, USALive Auction
Description: [Mardi Gras], The Original Two Well Known Gentlemen, ball invitation, Mardi Gras Night, February 26th, 1895, Odd Fellows' Hall, 13 in. x 10 1/2 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: One of the "Two Well-Known Gentlemen" was Tom Anderson, saloon and bordello owner who was considered the unofficial Mayor of Storyville. An example of this rare invitation is illustrated in Henri Schindler's Mardi Gras Treasures: Invitations of the Golden Age, Gretna: Pelican Publishing Co., 2000, p. 148. Ref.: Schindler, Henri, Mardi Gras: New Orleans, Paris: Flammarion, 1997, pp. 111-112.