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Maker(s):Kageyama Kōyō
Culture:Japanese (1907-1981)
Title:The Closing of the Dancehalls - The Last Night
Date Made:1940-10-15
Materials:gelatin silver print
Measurements:Sheet: 14 x 11"; Image: 13 x 9.375"
Accession Number:  AC 2014.56
Credit Line:Museum purchase with gift of funds from Scott H. Nagle (Class of 1985) in honor of Samuel C. Morse, Howard M. and Martha P. Mitchell Professor of the History of Art and Asian Languages and Civilizations, and the Richard Templeton (Class of 1931) Photography Fund
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Label Text:
Dancing was a popular activity in the modern city. Men would frequent dance halls where women, known as “taxi dancers,” would sit in chairs along the walls waiting to be “hired.” Dances were often short, about three minutes, and the male patrons would buy tickets that they would exchange for a dance. As the city and country mobilized for total war, frivolous pastimes such as dancing increasingly came under threat from government authorities. The dance halls were ordered to shut on November 1, 1940. Kageyama records the frenetic activity on the floor the previous evening.

Professor Samuel C. Morse, 2015

men; women; dance; recreation; leisure; interiors; musical instruments; soldiers; wars

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