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Bradley Martin Ball

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Bradley – Martin costume party was reputed to be the most expensive party of modern times costing approximately $9.7 million today.  Coming at the end of the the depression from the Panic of 1893, the extravagance of the ball generated great publicity throughout the country.  

Guests were required to come in historic costume.  Invitations were sent on short notice so that they would have to buy their attire in New York which was supposed to stimulate local business. And the Waldorf was transformed into a version of Versailles.  Nearly 800 members of NY Society showed up. 

A guestlist was compiled and published in the New York Times three days and the historical characters they were going to impersonate and what costumes they were going to wear.  Mrs. Bradley-Martin's was Mary Stuart and er husband was attired as Louis XV.  The event was a great success socially.  However, there was considerable political fallback as the the authorities raised Bradley-Martins taxes; they ended up leaving New York and retiring to a castle they owned in Scotland.

Bradley – Martin costume party was reputed to be the most expensive party of modern times costing approximately $9.7 million today.  Coming at the end of the the depression from the Panic of 1893, the extravagance of the ball generated great publicity throughout the country.  

Guests were required to come in historic costume.  Invitations were sent on short notice so that they would have to buy their attire in New York which was supposed to stimulate local business. And the Waldorf was transformed into a version of Versailles.  Nearly 800 members of NY Society showed up. 

A guestlist was compiled and published in the New York Times three days and the historical characters they were going to impersonate and what costumes they were going to wear.  Mrs. Bradley-Martin's was Mary Stuart and er husband was attired as Louis XV.  The event was a great success socially.  However, there was considerable political fallback as the the authorities raised Bradley-Martins taxes; they ended up leaving New York and retiring to a castle they owned in Scotland.

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