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Identifier: P0147

Title: Veiled Prophet

Description: The Veiled Prophet collection contains photographs and lithographs showing celebrations and balls, floats, portraits of the Veiled Prophet Queens and other members of the Queen's court, including Special maids and matrons from roughly 1910-1919. The file also includes photographs of Veiled Prophet souvenirs and artifacts. Alonzo Slayback, inspired by the Mardi Gras Krewes of his native New Orleans, established the Veiled Prophet organization in 1878. Building upon a then-popular literary work "Lalla Rookh", the group staged a visit to St. Louis by the Veiled Prophet of Khorrossan at the "Fall Festivities." The visit coincided with the St. Louis Agricultural and Mechanical Fair. From 1878 to 1894 the celebration was marked with a parade and ball. In 1894 a debutante was selected as the first "Belle of the Ball," and the title was renamed the "Queen of Love and Beauty" a few years later. The Veiled Prophet ball became one of the chief debutante balls of the social season in St. Louis. The annual parade with themed floats and the ball received wide coverage until the late 1960s. In the years since, the pubic prominence of the parade and ball have faded. Subjects include: Veiled Prophet Ball; crowning of 1932 V.P. Queen; portraits of V.P. queens, maids, matrons, and special maids; balls; dances; souvenirs; V.P. parades and floats; Veiled Prophet logo; (more).



Dates: 1878 - 1964

Type(s): Photographs, Color Photographs, Lithographs, Published Material, Photostat Negatives

Maker/Creator: Schweig (St. Louis); Pierlow (St. Louis); Strauss (St. Louis)



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