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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Margie Marlowe: 1937

Margie Marlowe: 1937

A promotional photo of my mother, Margie Wooten, a professional tap and jazz dancer taken at age 16 in Chicago, IL and autographed for her Aunt Rose. She had begun dancing at age 6 (winning the title of Little Miss New South Memphis along the way), turned professional at age 9 and, after graduating high school at age 16, danced on the vaudeville circuit in the US and Canada. Under her stage name of Margie Marlowe, she later led the Memphis Orpheum Theatre's own version of the Rockettes: Margie Marlowe and her Dancing Sweethearts. She went on to become an Army wife and raised 7 children, but continued performing and choreographing until she retired from the stage in her late 70's. Today, at age 92 she is as beautiful as ever. View full size.

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