Voices of the Jazz Era Ballroom

Voices of the Jazz Era Ballroom is a grassroots, web-based oral history project devoted to preserving and passing on the memory of dance in the Jazz era through the lives and words of everyday people. This is your story—please contribute by talking with a parent or grandparent, neighbor, or friend and explore the archive to see how others have shared their stories.

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From the Lottie Brady collection

A portrait of Lottie Brady and her husband and favorite dance partner Chester, just after he was drafted into the army in WWII. The photo was hand-colorized by Lottie herself.

From the Lottie Brady collection

Lottie's sister Julie leaving their parents house on her wedding day. It was Polish tradition that the bride be paraded to the church by a band and her relatives. You can just make out the accordion player to the right of the frame. Lottie relates…

From the Lottie Brady collection

Lottie Brady's brother Wally and one of Lottie's friends dancing in the park, possibly on Belle Isle. Lottie relates her experiences dancing in the 1940's in Detroit in her oral history interview. The photo was hand-colorized by Lottie herself.

From the Lottie Brady collection

Lottie Brady's brother Wally and a friend dancing and "horsing around" in a park, possibly on Belle Isle. Lottie relates her experiences dancing in the 1940's in Detroit in her oral history interview. The photo was hand-colorized by Lottie herself.

From the Lottie Brady collection

Lottie Brady swing dancing with a friend in the early 1940's. This was taken near the Dance Pavilion at Warsaw Park, which was a center for the ethnic Polish community in Detroit and Hamtramck where Lottie grew up. Her parents were Polish immigrants,…

From the Lottie Brady collection

Lottie Brady pictured with her husband and favorite dance partner Chester in the early 1940's. During high school and immediately afterward, Lottie worked in a portrait studio hand-colorizing prints. This, like any hand-colored photo in the…