Happy October everyone! Halloween is upon us which means it’s time to pick out a costume. The Costume Ball Photograph Collection (PR 223) is the perfect collection to inspire your choice. The collection contains photographs and mounted clippings of members of high society attending New York balls from 1875 to 1932. The New-York Historical Society Collection of Albums (PR 002) also includes a set of images from the Vanderbilt ball. The photographs include celebrities, politicians, and socialites in costume and fancy dress depicting history, royalty, culture, fairy tales, nature, and more themes that provide us with a wide array of historical costume inspiration. Wishing you all a safe and happy spooky holiday!
[With two noted exceptions, the photographs below come from the Costume Ball Photograph Collection (PR 223).]
This post is by Charina Castillo, Rights & Reproductions Assistant.