1940’s JITTERBUG CONTEST (COLORED CONTESTANTS)

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This flyer from the 1940’s advertises a “Jitterbug Contest and Swing Session” at the Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California.  The brochure lists the contestants with the “Colored Contestants” listed separately.

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Master of Ceremonies Frank Barton, N.B.C.

Mentions the Golden Gate Theatre and the Swing Ring, San Francisco’s Jitterbug Club.

  • Bill Cody Chief Jitterbut
  • Walt Meilandt Vice Alligator
  • Bill McCloskey Jamm and Jive Keeper
  • Jack Morris and Don McKimmie Killer Dillers.