No. 561
Crime, Eccentricity, and the Sporting Life in 19th Century America.
June 25, 2022

The Kissing Quadrille.

A New Attraction to the Ball Room Invented by a New York Genius for the Benefit of Bashful Men and U
April 26, 2016
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Tag: Disaster

The Modern Builder.

7/6/2021

Burning of Steamers at Cincinnati.

Burning of Steamers on the Ohio River at Cincinnati May 17, 1869.

9/17/2018

Foundering of the Titania.

One of the most thrilling disasters at sea that has happened for many years.

2/26/2018

Afloat on a Cake of Ice.

Perilous Situation of a Skating Party on the Ohio River Near Zanesville, Ohio.

1/1/2018

Thrilling Railroad Accident.

Startling accident at the draw bridge of the Rensselaer and Saratoga Railroad, Federal Street, Troy, N. Y., Saturday, Sept 23.

11/6/2017

Another Steamboat Disaster.

New York City, -- The Steamboat Riverdale blown up, August 28th – Rescuing the passengers.

10/3/2016

Eaten by Sharks.

In the Jaw of the Man-Eaters. James E. Hamilton of Lake Worth, Florida, is Devoured by Sharks.

7/6/2015

The Southern Pacific Railway Disaster.

2/11/2014

Her Last Ascent.

Gertie Carmo, a Female Aeronaut and Trapeze Performer, Hurled to the Ground and Instantly Killed in Detroit, Mich.

9/24/2013

A Plucky Elberon, N. J., Girl

1/31/2012

Caroline Burned!

9/19/2011

The Astor Place Riot

8/15/2011

Terrible Struggle with Flame and Flood

The burning of the steamer John H. Hanna near Plaquemine, Louisiana, by which thirty lives were lost

6/20/2011

Chorus Girls in a Panic.

An unruly horse causes great excitement in the Metropolitan Opera House, this city.

3/14/2011
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Strange Company - 6/24/2022
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Soapy Smith's Soap Box - 4/11/2022
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Ephemeral New York - 6/20/2022
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Early American Crime - 12/17/2021
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Murder By Gaslight - 6/18/2022
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Executed Today - 11/13/2020
May-Day. | Gambler Vs. Cook.

The Kissing Quadrille.

Kissing Quadrille A New Attraction to the Ball Room Invented by a New York Genius for the Benefit of Bashful Men and Ugly Women.

An ingenious fellow who evidently enjoys that sort of thing, has invented a new quadrille which he terms the “Kissing Quadrille.” It is very sweet; the step and figure perfectly suited to the idea, and the kissing comes in just in time, set to music.


Reprinted from Weekly Varieties, February 22, 1887.