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Dance Marathons (also called Walkathons), an American phenomenon of the 1920s and 1930s, were human endurance contests in which couples danced almost non-stop for hundreds of hours (as long as a month or two), competing for prize money. Dance marathons originated as part of an early-1920s, giddy, jazz-age fad for human endurance competitions such as flagpole sitting and six-day bicycle races. Dance marathons persisted throughout the 1930s as partially staged performance events, mirroring the marathon of desperation Americans endured during the Great Depression. In these dance endurance contests, a mix of local hopefuls and seasoned professional marathoners danced, walked, shuffled, sprinted, and sometimes cracked under the pressure and exhaustion of round-the-clock motion.The blog Blondie Cuts a Rug has another informative article with the same title, and many photos from dance marathons.
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Over a million and a quarter of the Cross Crossings Cautiously Bulletin have been distributed and conspicuously placed throughout this country and Canada. A replica of the poster in the form of a "sticker" to be used on outgoing United States mail has been purchased by the railroads to the extent of over 6,000,000. About 60 percent of all the moving picture houses in the country are daily using as a colored slide a copy of the poster. Most of the radio broadcasting stations have carried the message to their numerous receivers.Here is the 1922 poster image that accompanied that article:
This engaging Kodachrome drama (formatted for television broadcast) from the Union Pacific ostensibly deals with safety at railroad grade crossings, but it's also about much more: youth's feeling of invulnerability; the highway patrolman as an authority figure; the look of the rural and urban West in the late 1950s; the urge to speed through a sparsely populated agricultural landscape; and the train's role as farmer's servant and potential killer.
|the original French New Year postcard|
Heureuse Année = Happy New Year