One of the reasons I enjoy selling ephemera is because I really enjoy checking it out myself. Old paper (usually) items that no one really ever thought of as collectible at the time, do a wonderful job of capturing little chunks of history. They are small concrete pieces of popular culture that you can hold in your hand. If you have a little bit of imagination, they’re a little like tickets back to an earlier time.
These old dance cards are part of a lot I purchased from an estate. Some were from the late 30’s and others from the early part of the 1940’s. America was on the verge of World War 2. America was at the end of the Great Depression. The country was about to undergo some major changes. I had some of these cards that actually had names filled out on the inside, but they are gone now. The idea was that you got your name on a ladies dance card, and then you waited your turn. I don’t know if that is how things actually worked out.
On a smaller scale, these old dance cards show what people were doing for fun in a places just outside of Pittsburgh called McKeesport, Rankin, and East Pittsburgh. Olympia Park was new and the area was doing pretty well for itself, all things considered. That entire area underwent some major changes when the steel industry left Pittsburgh. Things are different now. Anyway, here are a few old dance cards for you to check out. If you like them, please Pin them or use the social buttons below to share them with friends.