Most of the beautiful Art Deco architectural details still exist today.
The Schroeder Hotel was the finest hotel in Milwaukee in it's day. It is now owned by Hilton and still retains much of the charm of the original hotel. In the year 1932, I'll bet it was quite a big event to go to the Schroeder for a Formal Dinner Dance.
And it seems that Miss Doris Pope was being escorted by Mr. Ted Carpenter.
My mind wandered- I wonder how long they had been dating. How did he ask her to the dance?
Was there a chaperone?
But more importantly- what was Doris going to wear to the dance?
I purchased this dress from a Milwaukee antique dealer year's ago- could it have
been worn by Doris?
Pink pearls are sewn into gold lace on the bodice, while silk velvet makes the sash.
Doris would have been the Belle of the Ball.
And what shoes to wear to dance the night away with her true love?
Perhaps these ribbon embroidery ballet flats.
The menu in the middle of the little book gives insight to the cuisine of the evening!
Fruit cocktail- the star beginning course.
And a slight nod to the famous Wisconsin relish tray- hearts of celery and JUMBO olives.
What did the Green Room look like? I'm not sure but I did find this picture-----
This is the large ballroom at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center now- still with the original light fixtures.
I think the Green Room should have had green china- like this romantic 1930's pattern.
Green napkins with romantic little cherub napkin rings.
I can just imagine Doris and Ted enjoying each other's company, while eating
Roast Sirloin and Parisienne Potatoes off this plate.
And gorgeous gilded stemware for the punch that I am sure was served.
Looks perfect with those lovely crystal chandeliers.
Alas, dinner is over and the orchestra starts.
I peek to the back of the little book and find
Doris's dance cards.
Of the 14 dances, Doris has entered the word - "WE" 6 times, including the last dance, a waltz.
Doesn't the word "WE" just say it all?
Mr. Young, Lee and Mullen didn't have a chance!
Happy Valentine's Day!