New Orleans, Louisiana: Rex (The School of Design), 1883-1901. Unbound.
These eight items are being sold as on lot. Some are exceptionally elaborate with moving parts. They vary in size from 5” x 3.5” to 13” x 12” (unfolded). Condition varies; some have no wear and others have old tape repairs, scrapbook scuffs, etc. It looks like most of the older tape could be removed and replaced with transparent archival tissue. Quite presentable, despite the flaws.
1883 – Theme: Atlantis, the Antediluvian World. Admit card and invitation envelope. The admit card (for “Miss Emma Rice”) is in excellent shape. The envelope has tape repairs on the inside and two scrapbook scuffs on the exterior.
1888 – Theme: Human Passions and Characteristics. Admit card. Mended scrapbook scuff/tear.
1894 – Theme: Illustrations from Literature. Invitation with its die-cut ribbon seal. The elaborate folding invitation has tape on the reverse, a small (.25”) scrapbook mounting hole, and a missing curly-cue at the upper left. It’s die-cut ribbon seal is in nice shape although the ribbon is creased.
1896 – Theme: Heavenly Bodies. Invitation and rotating “envelope”; all four elaborate moving parts still rotate. There are scrapbook scuffs to outside of the large discs.
1901 – Theme: Human Passions and Characteristics. Invitation. In great shape with some wear along the center fold. Undated – Envelope with creases, chips, and missing its sealing strap. Good to Very Good. Item #009321 Some flaws, so priced accordingly. Still a very presentable lot of scarce Mardi Gras ephemera.
The Krewe of Rex was founded in 1872. It was organized by New Orleans business men in part to put on a spectacle in honor of the New Orleans visit of Grand Duke Alexis of Russia during the Carnival season with hope to also lure visitors to the city where they would spend money. Rex parades are known as the largest and most impressive of the Carnival. Guest tickets to it annual membership ball on Mardi Gras night are highly coveted, and the celebration made worldwide headlines in the 1950s when the Duke and Duchess of Windsor bowed down to Rex and the Queen of the Carnival.
Some flaws, so priced accordingly. Still a very presentable lot of scarce Mardi Gras ephemera.