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    Tombstone, Arizona: Two Rare Documents Relating to the Patriotic Order Sons of America. The Patriotic Sons of America (P.O.S. of A.) is one of this country's oldest patriotic and fraternal societies. Founded in Philadelphia in 1847, the order was modeled on the Masonic Lodge system, with all local charter units using the title Washington Camp along with an assigned number. The order once had several hundred camps (lodges) with several thousand members throughout the country, but today lodges are found only in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, New Jersey, and Louisiana. The two documents offered here are 1) a dance card for the first annual ball (First Washington Entertainment Camp #1) of Camp no. 1, Arizona, held in Tombstone on February 22, 1888. The dance card, consisting of four 3.25" x 4.25"card stock pages attached to an 8.25" x 6 1/8" fabric [silk?] that is flexible enough to close like a small book. There are two tassels attached, one to each side, in which to easily open the dance card. Dance cards were usually worn around the wrist of a woman by a string-like bracelet, which is missing from this piece. The two inner pages list the order of dances and a blank space where a man who wished to dance with the woman would fill in his name or initials next to a particular dance or dances. This dance card indicates that the holder of the card had partners for several of the dances listed. The back cover of the card lists members of the various arrangement committees. 2) Ticket to the Second Grand Annual Ball, P.O.S. of A, Washington Camp No. 1, February 22, 1889, Pavilion Hall, Tombstone. The ticket, 3 7/8" x 2.5", cost $2.00. The ticket is glued to back of a mylar sleeve, which is glued to a thick paper backing, 8.5" x 11." Items like these offered here are scarce and provide a snapshot of the social life in Tombstone during the late 1880s. The middle of the ticket itself exhibits stains, without affecting text, which may be from the glue on the back. Otherwise, the ticket is in good condition. Except for the missing string bracelet and a smudge of red ink on the back cover, the dance card is in near mint condition. Also offered are two photocopies of pages from Tombstone newspapers that mention the P.O.S. of A., plus a brief history of the P.O.S. of A movement.

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