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 Art Schultz collection

A group of wounded soldiers who had been receiving treatment at Valley Forge General Hospital in the mid-1940's pose with members of the Salvation Army for a live broadcast of country and western swing performed by the men. Art Schultz is seated…

From the Art Schultz collection

After a shell-hit, Art lost an arm, much of his face and nose, an eye, and his sight. His 4-year recovery at Valley Forge was long and painful, but once released he was able to get around on his own and hold down employment. This is how he would have…

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From the Art Schultz collection

Art's wife Pearl, photographed in her WAC uniform. Pearl was stationed at Valley Forge General Hospital as a nurse, which is where she met her husband Art as he recuperated from his injuries.

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From the Art Schultz collection

Art Schultz married Pearl Smith in 1950 after his discharge from Valley Forge General Hospital. Pearl was stationed as a nurse's aide serving in the Women's Army Corps at Valley Forge.

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From the Art Schultz collection

After being discharged from Valley Forge General Hospital in 1949, Art and Pearl were married. The couple relocated to Miami where they would camp on the grounds of their new property while building their new home.

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From the Art Schultz collection

Art and Pearl photographed shortly after their marriage in 1950 at Crandon Beach, FL. They built a home nearby after Art's recovery and release from Valley Forge General Hospital in 1949.

From the Art Schultz collection

Art Schultz's wife, Pearl, as she would have appeared when they met while he was recovering from his wounds at Valley Forge General Hospital, Phoenixville, PA.

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From the Ted Younger collection

A photograph that was sent to Ted Younger's brother Barney Grant, a musician and comedian in the USO. It shows a war hospital set up for a USO show. Lining each balcony are patients and nurses looking down onto what appears to be a makeshift stage.…

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From the Ted Younger collection

Barney Grant (real name John Younger) was Ted Younger's brother and toured extensively with USO shows both domestically and in the European theater.

From the Ted Younger collection

Barney Grant (on stage with guitar) was Ted Younger's brother and toured extensively with USO shows both domestically and in the European theater.

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 Rosemary Taylor collection

Rosemary Taylor and Lee Covey relaxing in the ladies dorms of Pomona College during WWII.

From the Rosemary Taylor collection

A glass of something, that sure looks like it must have been good. Records, drinks and life in the Pomona College Dorms during WWII are described by Rosemary Taylor in her oral history.

From the Rosemary Taylor collection

Pomona College, 1944. Recreation in the women's dorms-- a bridge game, a few drinks, a little music, good friends.

From left to right: Nancy Harmon, Rosemary Taylor, Fran St. Clair, Lee Covey

From the Rosemary Taylor collection

Pomona College, 1944. Recreation in the women's dorms-- a bridge game, a few drinks, a little music, good friends.

From left to right: Lee Covey, Rosemary Taylor, Nancy Harmon, Fran St. Clair

From the Rosemary Taylor collection

Pomona College, 1944. Recreation in the women's dorms-- a bridge game, a few drinks, a little music, good friends.

From left to right: Lee Covey, Rosemary Taylor, Fran St. Clair

From the Rosemary Taylor collection

Transcript of Interview with Rosemary Taylor for
Voices of the Jazz Era Ballroom Project

Date: November 26, 2009, Seattle, WA
Interviewer: Kelly C. Porter
Interviewee: Rosemary Taylor of Manhattan Beach, CA
Others present: grandsons Joe and…