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Shenandoah: 1938

Shenandoah: 1938

1938. Maher's Dance Hall in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, showing orchestra platform and dancers. (Note the stag line and that two of the couples are girl-girl.) View full size. 3x4 safety negative by Sheldon Dick. Twelve years after this picture was taken, the photographer, son of mimeograph magnate A.B. Dick, would meet a violent end along with his wife in a tragic murder-suicide.


Girl-girl couples

I don't know how things go in the United States, but at our place (The Netherlands, Europe) you may quite often see girl-girl couples at the dancing floor: women like dancing, more than men!

Maher's Dance Hall

According to my research on the census, and several other sources, the dance hall was owned by Patrick James Maher, who was born in 1878. He owned a hotel, restaurant and dance hall, perhaps all at the same location.

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