Apr 16, 2013 - Sale 2310

Sale 2310 - Lot 51

Price Realized: $ 390
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DANCING WITH THE STARS (ARMY.) Collection of West Point dance cards from "The Class the Stars Fell On." 56 engraved dance cards completed in manuscript, most with attractive die-cut lithographed covers in a variety of patterns, a few cards illustrated with pen and ink drawings, many with attached buttons * and related ephemera, including 2 blank cards; condition varies, but generally excellent. West Point, NY, 1911-17

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A record 59 members of West Point's class of 1915 reached the rank of general, most notably five-star general Dwight D. Eisenhower, earning them the nickname "The Class the Stars Fell On." This collection of dance cards and other ephemera includes numerous members of the Class of 1915, and of the years immediately following. Ethel Hill's card for the Academy's "Yale Hop" on 19 October 1912 gives the fifth dance to "Mr. Eisenhauer, 1915" in manuscript. Later that evening, she also danced with Hubert Harmon, later the founder of the Air Force Academy. Eisenhower is listed (with his name spelled correctly) as an extra at the 23 November 1912 fall hop. His name is also penciled in as an extra for an undated 1912-13 "Winter Hop."
Also included is a small collection of related ephemera (8 items), including an engraved invitation to the Class of 1915's graduation exercises. The cards were collected by two sisters, Ruth Hill (1892-1976) and Ethel Hill (1894-1983), daughters of a Manhattan realtor. Both sisters became teachers and lived in Bronxville, NY. Ruth never married; Ethel later married and divorced newspaperman Clarence Lovejoy.