Square Dance Postcards
A collection of postcards showing different styles and personalities associated with square dance. We are eager to acquire more to add to this collection!
Card1: no information on back
Card2: Pennsylvania Farm Museum, Landis Valley, four miles north of Lancaster on Route US 222
Card3: Hotel Motel St-Louis, Les Voitures d'Eau, Ile aux Coudres, Charlevois, P.Q. Quebec
Card4: Square Dancing at Strickland's Mountain Inn, Mt. Pocono, PA
Card5: Delaware Valley Square Dance Convention, Grand Ballroom, Bellevue-Stratford Hotel, Philadelphia
Card6: Outdoor square dancing. Here in the appropriate setting of colorful old Tucson, Arizona, western gentlemen swing their partners to the tunes that came west with the covered wagon. Postmarked 1960.
Card7: The splendor and color of real Western square dancing as it is enjoyed at Rainbow Lake Lodge. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains at an elevation of 2500 feet. Enjoy Fishing — Relaxation and Western Square Dancing for your pleasure. 8 miles south of Brevard, North Carolina on the East Fork of the French Broad River.
Card 8: Old-Time Square Dancing in Kentucky. Square dancing is a popular pastime for young and old, as this Renfro Valley Barn Dance, which is broadcast on Saturday night. Renfro Valley, an old log-cabin settlement, is located on U.S. 25, between Berea and Mt. Vernon, only an hour's drive south of Lexington, Kentucky.
Card9: Duplicate of Card4
Card10: Square dancing at Fontana Village Resort, Western North Carolina. Square dancing twice weekly – free instruction given by expert teacher-caller – music by Fontana Square Dance Band. Special event at the Resort is the semi-annual Swap Shop (one week of square dancing – Spring and Fall) conducted by noted dance leaders. © 1962
Card11: Square Dances. Depicted here is the dance of Country Music, as seen on stage of the Grand Ole Opry.
Card12: Through Dancing, Music and Song the Silver Spurs take you to Countries Around the World. Nationally and internationally known, they present a two hour show. Annual summer tours take them throughout North America. Available for shorter shows at banquets, conventions, civic and fraternal groups. Spokane's Dancing Silver Spurs, W. 825 Trent, Spokane, Washington
Card13: Village Barn Restaurant 30th Year 52 West 8th Street Greenwich Village, N.Y. U.S.A. Between 5th and 6th Avenues. Social and square dances. Country games—2 orchestras. 3 shows nightly Sunday through Saturday—8:30 P.M– 10:30 P.M. & 1:00 A.M. Seven days a week. Larry McMahon, Your Singing Host appears nightly.
Card14: The VILLAGE BARN Restaurant, New York's Country Nite Club, at 52 West 8th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues in New York City, is the quaintest and most typically rural restaurant in the world. Its special features are exceptional cuisine, unusual entertainment and extraordinary dance music. Besides these, backwoods games and square dances of the Gay '80s are offered for the participation of the guests. There is NO COVER CHARGE at the barn.
Card 15: Country Dancing at Pinewoods Camp.
[Note: Among the dancers are Jack and Genny Shimer, the farthest couple in the line of four on the left. Bob Dalsemer surmises, "They are probably dancing a double version of Cumberland Square with the basket figure. I also recognize Bob Salmons (with the glasses in the basket) and John Owen, first in the line on the right."]
Card16: information missing
Card17: Similar info as #13
Village Barn Restaurant 30th Year 52 West 8th Street Greenwich Village, N.Y. U.S.A. Between 5th and 6th Avenues. Social and square dances. Country games—2 orchestras. 3 shows nightly Sunday through Saturday—8:30 P.M– 10:30 P.M. & 1:00 A.M. Seven days a week. Larry McMahon, Your Singing Host appears nightly.
Card18: Similar to #10: Square dancing at Fontana Village Resort, Western North Carolina. Square dancing twice weekly – free instruction given by expert teacher-caller – music by Fontana Square Dance Band. Special event at the Resort is the semi-annual Swap Shop (one week of square dancing – Spring and Fall) conducted by noted dance leaders. Photo by Walter Cline © 1962
Card19: A whirl of skirts and gay music
SQUARE DANCING IS FUN!
"Time of your life" at Missouri's famous KIRKWOOD LODGE—on Lake of the Ozarks.
Card20: An Old Fashioned Square Dance in the Rumpus Room — Honeymoon Haven, Dingmans Ferry, Penna. Ektachrome by Gottchalk
Card21: LAKE MOREY INN
Situated on shoe of Lake Morey just off U.S. Route 5 at Fairlee, Vermont. A real New EnglandResort Hotel. All sports on our vast estate, including our own 18-hole Golf Course. Season: Early June to late September.
[We surmise that the dance being shown is Crooked Stovepipe. We think it's the only square where two women swing in the center while the other six circle around them, as is clearly being demonstrated.)
Card22: Andy's Trout Farm, Dillard, Georgia
Card23: Desert Willow Ranch, Tucson, Arizona
Cards24 & 25: Mike Michele's Square Dance Barn, 4133 N. 7th St., Phoenix, Arizona
5,000 sq. ft. of dancing area in the most modern dance hall in the Southwest. Acoustics are 100% perfect. Cooled by refrigeration. Square, Roundance, Ballroom Clubs and Classes are always in session. Western Store carries complete line of Western Wear. Master Record Service is the largest Square Dance Mail Order house in the U.S.
[Mike Michele is considered the creator in 1951 of the singing square Louisiana Swing.]
Card26: Edgewater Park, Celina, Ohio
1908 JULIUS BIEN & Co VIRGINIA REEL
1950 Village Barn Square Dancing New York City NY
Penticton, British Columbia, square dancing at Peach Festival
Roy Keleigh - Square Dance Caller at THE HAYLOFT - ASBURY PARK NJ
Salisbury Beach MA - Round Dance Hall, Trolley, Square, Fish Market
Salisbury Beach MA Square Dance Hall Postcard c1908
Square Dance Hall in Salisbury Beach, Massachusetts
Square dancing at Cumberland Falls State Park, 1974
English Mountain Square Dance Retreat, Sevierville, TN
Square Acres Square Dancing, East Bridgewater MA, 1957
Central City: Dr. Lloyd Shaw and his Pioneer Dancers before Williams Stables. Central City, Colorado
Additional images of square dance postcards are available online here.