When I was loading 1920’s flapper girl buttons on this website today I began thinking about my mother, Alma. She often told me stories about her and her friend, Betty, and the fun they had taxi dancing in Fort Peck, Montana. Now that sounded quite risqué to me. I thought it meant they were like the flapper girls of the 1920’s; very “modern” women who smoked, drank, dressed without corsets, danced all night and attended “petting parties”. My mother set me straight. The practice of taxi dancing started in larger cities at bars and dance halls in the late 1800’s. Women employees danced with men who purchased tickets from the establishment owner for the pleasure of dancing with the women. The women collected a ticket from each man for each dance. Tickets normally cost the men 10 cents per dance. At the end of the night women redeemed the tickets they collected for 5 cents each from the dance hall or establishment owner. By the early 1920’s the practice of taxi dancing was being phased out in big cities. In San Francisco in 1921 taxi dancing was outlawed due to the women’s suffrage movement. In the late 1930’s and early 40’s at Fort Peck, Montana, taxi-dancing was still going strong and involved mainly young women, like my mom and her friends, who wanted to earn money dancing and meet nice young men. Interesting to note the price in Fort Peck in the 1930’s and 1940’s when my mom and her friend were taxi dancing was the same as in the big cities when taxi dancing first started. My mother told me taxi dancing was fun and worth it since she earned a lot of nickels and, also, met my dad, a handsome young cowboy!
It is said that you should never go into business with a friend. After seven years, I thank my lucky stars to be in business with my friend Liz. I have known Liz for twenty five years and have been in business with her for the last seven. She is smart, fun loving and strong. If you have ever thought our booth space is attractive, it is due to Liz's hard work and imagination. She is organized, talented and loyal friend. I admire her beyond what words can express. I am so thankful that we are on this journey together.
On Saturday, November 11th, we are having our annual Thanks to our Customers Celebration at the Blue Rider Bar in Minot. We are buying lunch (soup) and a cold one for anyone who would like to join us. It is a private party from noon to 3:00P. And since I was asked, yes, please bring a friend.
For those of you who cannot join us, all buttons on the Website are 25% off starting now until midnight on Saturday, the 11th. Type in Thanks to get the discount.
Please join us tomorrow for lunch!
And Liz, this one is for you! Thank you with all my heart!