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 Agnus Pottage collection

Agnus and the boys at Hollywood's Bar of Music.

From the Agnus Pottage collection

A keepsake envelope containing the photos of Agnus and friends at the bar.

From the Dorothy Porter collection

One of several photos from a small album shot at a house party in the late 40's or early 50's. A lot of close and informal dancing going on. The owner of the photo, Dorothy Porter, who attended the party was unsure whether this particular moment…

From the Dorothy Porter collection

One of several photos from a small album shot at a house party in the late 40's or early 50's with a lot of close and informal dancing going on. This photo shows dancers/guests imbibing at "the world's shortest bar."

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…