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 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…