Curator’s Pick

Fans

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The young ladies of Evanston in the 1920s knew they would not be completely dressed for a party until they picked up a new fan. Two lovely fans from the mid-1920s epitomize the type of fans carried at school engagements by Evanstonians.

The larger fan, a slightly curled, pale pink and white feathers mounted on cardboard “sticks” printed with gold ink, would have been carried by a very young woman to her first evening social engagements.

The smaller fan, of white ostrich tips on pink cardboard sticks printed with silver ink, is a type of party favor popular at children’s parties. The celluloid ring bracelet and ribbon ensured that it went home with the recipient.