Dance marathon in Hannibal, Mo. circa 1930

November 16, 2014

I've been poking around on the internet today in search of information about the fad from the 1920s and 1930s regarding dance marathons. I learned that there was in Hannibal in 1930, and I even know who won the marathon by dancing for more than 1,800 hours. This will be a good story when I get it all pulled together. The event was at the Rose Garden. Please, if you have heard any details about this event, shoot me an email. I read they were also known as walkathons. I gather they were somewhat of a scam, but a form of cheap entertainment during the Depression years.

 

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