John Martin Dancing Fraternity card, Bangor 1868

Contributed by Maine Historical Society and Maine State Museum


An "Honorary and Diploma Member" card for the Bangor Dancing Fraternity is printed with the statement, "For 30 years' services as a Benefactor, please Admit John Martin and Lady." It is dated April 1868.

John Martin (1823-1904) was an avid dancer and one of the founders of the Dancing Fraternity, also known as the Model Assembly.

He participated in and led dances such as waltzes, polkas, schottisches, and other new forms of dance in the 19th century. Martin was introduced to dancing when he was about 12 and serving as an apprentice to an apothecary who also ran the Hampden House.

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  • Title: John Martin Dancing Fraternity card, Bangor 1868
  • Creator: Dancing Fraternity
  • Creation Date: 1868
  • Subject Date: 1868
  • Location: Bangor, Penobscot County, ME
  • Media: Lithograph
  • Dimensions: 7.5 cm x 12.6 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. 1972; 1997.16.2; loose
  • Object Type: Text

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