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Cornelia Bradley Martin, as Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, Bradley-Martin Ball

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Cornelia Bradley Martin, as Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, Bradley-Martin Ball

3077517 Cornelia Bradley Martin, as Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, Bradley-Martin Ball, 1897 (b/w photo) by American Photographer; Collection of the New-York Historical Society, USA; (add.info.: The Bradley-Martin Ball was a lavish costume ball at the Waldorf Hotel in New York City on the night of February 10, 1897. Cornelia Bradley-Martin organized the ball, with the intention of making it " the greatest party in the history of the city". Eight hundred socialites spent about, 000 imitating kings and queens. Bradley-Martins stated intention was to create an economic stimulus for New York City, which was at the end of the Long Depression which began in 1873 and included the Panic of 1893. The Bradley-Martins spent approximately.7 million in todays money to throw the ball. Across the country, preachers and editorial writers argued over the propriety of a party that would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. In the end, the ball was a social triumph but created negative publicity.); eNew York Historical Society; American, out of copyright

Media ID 22233612

© New York Historical Society / Bridgeman Images

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The captivating print captures Cornelia Bradley Martin, dressed as the iconic Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, during the extravagant Bradley-Martin Ball held in 1897. Organized by Cornelia herself, this lavish costume ball aimed to become the most remarkable event in New York City's history. With a grand vision to stimulate the city's economy after years of economic downturn and financial crises, Cornelia spared no expense. In this photograph taken by an American photographer from Bridgeman Images and now part of the collection at the New-York Historical Society, we see Cornelia exuding regal elegance as she embodies Mary Stuart. The attention to detail in her elaborate costume is evident – every fold and lace meticulously crafted to recreate historical authenticity. The Bradley-Martins' commitment to creating a spectacle was unparalleled. They spent a staggering amount equivalent to $1.7 million today on organizing this opulent affair at the Waldorf Hotel. However, their intentions were met with mixed reactions from society; while some admired their ambition and saw it as an opportunity for economic revitalization, others criticized them for indulging in such extravagance during challenging times. Ultimately, despite generating negative publicity due to its excessive nature, the Bradley-Martin Ball proved to be a social triumph that left lasting impressions on all who attended or heard about it. This mesmerizing image serves as a testament not only to Cornelia's impeccable taste but also highlights how one woman's determination could create ripples throughout society and spark debates about wealth distribution and propriety that still resonate today.

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