Born in the late 1920's, the Lindy Hop is the Grandfather of swing dances. But it wasn't until after the opening of the Savoy Ballroom that Lindy Hop got its name and a home. At the Savoy the Lindy Hop got hotter and hotter.
My grandmother, Evelyn Boecher Williams on the right, with her sister, Verona Boecher Stroh, are pictured here at a Halloween party in their family's ballroom, in Chicago, around, 1920.
Nana, went on to dance with the Ballets Russes, and like so many girls in her generation.... rebelling from the straight-laced ways of Old World thinking..... hoped to become an actress/dancer, in Hollywood Silent Films. But she met and fell in love with my grandfather, William Preston Williams and gave up her dream, to be a wife and mother. However, she kept up her love of dancing, all her life and even taught me the Charleston and the Tango, when I was 15.
With the wild abandon..... Jazz Age dances..... brought into 1920's culture.... epitomized in film.... it was only natural for young women to gravitate towards Maybelline. Here is a Jazz Age Maybelline ad, that appealed to the girl ready, to Jazz it up, for a night of dancing, movie going, or just ridding in cars with boys.
My cousin, Linda Hughes, (Mabel Williams granddaughter and Maybelline's namesake,) and I, have loved working together all week, creating the
Vintage Maybelline Silent Film and Concert Series, to celebrate, THE ARTIST, winning the Oscar, for BEST PICTURE...
We have one more day to go before it all comes to an end, so stay tuned.
Next week the Blog will head towards Tom Lyle Williams, classic, 1940 Packard Victoria. We hope you have enjoyed the ride so far.