Program Debutante Cotillion May 2, 1952 Grand Ballroom Public Auditorium Presented by Girl Friends, Inc. Cleveland, Ohio Chapter

[Cleveland: 1952] quarto, 24 pp., illustrated, original stiff green patterned, printed wrappers, some minor wear, else very good.

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Black debutante “cotillion” balls were well-established by the 1950s as symbols of a growing African-American social elite, daughters of doctors, lawyers, and other professionals. This Cleveland event celebrated the “coming-out” (as white high society called it) of 41 young women, complete with make-up artists, photographers, choreographers and apparel consultants, and, of course, handsome male escorts.