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 The Alfalfa Club of Washington D. C., 45th Anniversary Dinner, Printed Seating Chart. Byron S Adams.Washington, DC.21203  The Brawnville Papers, being Memorials of the Brawnville Athletic Club, edited by Moses Coit Tyler. Fields, Osgood & Co.Boston.1869
Accordion fold, double-sided, large, seating chart. Jokingly referred to as the nation's most ineffective political party, the Alfalfa Club is an exclusive social club based in Washington DC, that typically only meets once a year on the last Saturday of January for an elaborate banquet. The club invitation only, something which only is only occurs when a current member dies. The club's membership it made up of some of the 200 richest and most powerful people in the world, and does not just include people from the political sphere of influence. Several past Presidents, such as Truman, Eisenhower, and Clinton have been members. With every banquet a large seating chart is printed and given out to members in order to facilitate a maximum amount of networking. On the front side of the 1958 banquet's seating chart is a depiction of the twelve tables at the event, with sometimes up to 45 people at each table. On the front side members are just listed by their names or titles, such as Mr. Sharp or the Vice President of the United States. On the back side of the chart is a list, in alphabetical order, of every person at the dinner featuring their full name and title. Members of note are bolded on both sides for emphasis. Printed in black with green accents. Measures 13" x 5 1/4" (folded), 40" x 13" (unfolded).  Toned due to age. Minor water stain on edge of one section. Small tear on bottom edge of another. Staple marks on one section. . The club was started in 1913, and originally designed as a way to celebrate the birthday of Confederate General, Robert E. Lee. Its name comes from the alfalfa plant's supposed willingness to "do anything for a drink." Even with its rather dubious beginnings, the club continues to thrive, and move away from its dark roots. They first started admitting blacks in 1974 and woman 1994 (though only after the President Clinton boycotted the banquet). The annual banquet serves as political roast, with the highlight of the night being the club's satirical nomination of a presidential candidate. Ironically, some of these joke nominations would eventually become the US President (Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, George H W Bush and George W Bush). Additionally, the current US President is also normally invited and gives a speech. In 1958 Representative Charles A. Halleck (R-Ind) was nominated by the club. In his acceptance speech he jokingly stated that he would run on the platform of a promise to build a rocket to the big dipper and a parking space for every car. While President Dwight D. Eisenhower was unable to attend the event, he fully supported the nomination stating that Halleck's campaign promises "stamp him as the kind of bold campaigner that we want to represent Alfalfa." 215 page book, with gilt stamped covers. Twelve essays written on the subject of 'physical culture'. First appeared as articles in the Herald of Health Journal. While it might have first have been indended to be essays on 'physical culture' these articles have snowballed into commentary on life, as well as memoirs of the Brawnville Althletic Club. Measures 7 x 5 1/4".. Edge wear, partially on the spine. The book is missing one page, it is evident that it was torn from the book. However it appears to have been the blank page before the title page. There is a small stain on the top corner of the first 25 pages or so, does not affect readability,
 Invitation, Ticket and Dance Card for First Annual Kansas City Flambeau Club . Lisk's Print.Kansas City.February 16, 1885  Certificate - Council Appointment as Councillor of State  Earl Chesterfield  Order of Cincinnatus. .Cincinnati, OH.1876
A group of ephemera from the first annual ball for the Kansas City Flambeau  Club.  It includes an invitation with a "flambeau" or torch image at center, a lavender color ticket and a single fold dance card with an illustration of a scroll on the front cover with cherubs and elaborate decorative border design. The unused card includes 22 dances in the order of dance.  The back cover is bordered with cherubs in a garden with another flambeau in the cartouche. The dance card measures 4 1/4" x 2 3/4". . Predecessor event and organizers for the Priests of Pallas parade and festivities. The Flambeau Club was a civic promotional group that was initially led by a now obscure businessman named L.E. Irwin.   They envisioned an annual parade and ball that would draw thousands of visitors and enliven the City Market area. The Priests of Pallas parade continued through 1905. A 17 1/2" x 12" certificate with images of an anthropomorphic pig in fancy attire and a horse as a police officer.  The King of the Carnival certifies that Thomas L. Jones, a judge,  is appointed to Councillor of State with the title of Earl Chesterfield for the entry and duration of their royal and triumphant entry into our loyal Capital city of Cincinnati.  Signed "Rex".  Rex's embossed seals at base joined by a ribbon.  Letter folds.. Order of Cincinnatus may refer to: The Society of the Cincinnati, an organization in the United States and France founded in 1783 to preserve the ideals and fellowship of the Revolutionary War officers who fought for American independence.