Visit us at our location in Baltimore, Maryland and you’ll see over 800 pieces on display. From shoes, to dance cards, to advertising pieces, to salesman’s miniature samples you’ll find lots of goodies to enjoy.
Our mission is to immerse you in everything a dancer from the Swing Era would have been familiar with.
For those of you who can’t come see our collection in person, we offer our online collection.
A LITTLE ABOUT OUR COLLECTION
We bring you both Footwear and Swing artifacts from the first half of the 20th Century. If you had been a young swing dancer in the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, or 1950s you’d recognize most of the items in our collection. Every dancer would have had toiletries like hair setting lotion, cosmetics, and fragrances, footwear for dress, play, and dancing, accessories like jewelry, hosiery, and hair care items, and would have had dance tickets and flyers and mementos like dance cards sitting on their dresser.
We’ve tried our best to guess the decade of all our pieces, but we’ll sometimes run into this problem: occasionally shoes that look like they belong to an era will have been made 5-10 years after that style is, well, out of style. Here’s the catch: sometimes a style that would have been popular with 20-somethings in the 1930s will actually have been made in the 1940s for a 40-something who doesn’t like the current styles. 1940s styling will show up on 1950s shoes and so on.
You can see this today in orthopedic footwear… which looks oddly reminiscent of what a senior of today would have worn in their heyday (the 30s, 40s or 50s). What will orthopedic shoes look like when we’re very, very old? Steve Madden chunky heels and pointy witch toes is our best guess!
So to better serve you we spend our days researching Swing Era everything and have tried to be as accurate as possible. Usually the logo or the sole and heel really tells the story.
That said, we hope you enjoy our collection. Check back often as we add more photos.
Thanks so much for your interest!
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