This dark green 11 x 11.5” 3-ring binder contains around 40 photos and other ephemera from Charlotte Lowell, who enjoyed lifetime membership at the Arthur Murray dance studio from around 1956 to 1975 in San Francisco. Within the album there are 12 color snapshots and 28 black-and-white photos of Charlotte in her dancing dresses, with dancing partners, and with other dance friends at the studio. The album starts with a 1956 illustration of Charlotte by Frank Flory and a telegram inviting her to enjoy lifetime membership at the studio. Other ephemera include a letter describing the benefits enjoyed by lifetime members, illustrations of various dances, information sheets describing the golden standard for certain dances, grade cards, and even detailed calendars from 1956 describing Charlotte’s lessons. There are also programs for a couple of the Arthur Murray medals presentation balls and a program for the 1975 San Francisco Dance Festival. At the end of the album, Charlotte included the ribbons that she won as part of the Arthur Murray match competition. The album makes it clear how dedicated Charlotte was to her dance practice, and the ribbons show that all her hard work paid off. Photos measure between 3.5 x 3.5” and 7.75 x 10” and are held to adhesive pages covered with plastic sheets, not annotated. The paper ephemera and ribbons are slipped into plastic sleeves.
The Benefits of Lifetime Membership, Arthur Murray Studio
THE BENEFITS OF YOUR LIFETIME………
1. 1200 hours of private instruction at the lowest hourly rate in the studio.
2. 26 hours a year free, after the completion of your Lifetime.
3. You’re an honored quest at all medal balls, TV shows and studio parties.
4. Regional and studio Lifetime parties( accompanied by your teacher ) where the studio foots the bill and you really have a ball.
5. An engraved Tiffany card to present at any of the 371 Arthur Murray studios throughout the world.
6. You have enough time to realize definite goals in your dancing that will always keep you mentally and physically alert.
7. You will have a wonderful hobby for the rest of your life with cost after your initial investment.
8. You will be associated with a happy, congenial group who have the same interest as you.
9. You are making an investment in the future against loniness and toward a young and happy life.
10. A Lifetime course may be considered as a part of your estate and may be willed to anyone of your choice.
Here’s to a LIFETIME of happiness…..
Local Dancers To Have a Ball (newspaper clipping)
Eight dancers from the city of Berkeley will participate in an Arthur Murray Medal Ball to be held next Sunday at the Ali Baba Ballroom in Oakland.
They are students who have distinguished themselves and have achieved either bronze, silver or gold awards for their dancing ability.
Participating in the Medal Ball from Berkeley are Earl Durham, Joanne Larson, Edward Truitt, Edward Carr, Frances Turner, George Vlastos, Charlotte Lowell and Ralph Dorfman.
The dance, which will be attended by more than 1000 students, teachers and staff members of the national organization, will see these medal winners performing their first or second choice dances.
It is actually a television debut for the students. A full hour of the Medal Ball will be televised over Station KPIX, Channel 5, from 3 to 4 p.m.
Del Courtney and his orchestra will provide music.