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Catalog Number WF 1788.A,B,C
Caption Melody Boys at Elks Hall
Description This image is of "Al Francisco and his Melody Boys," a 5-piece band that frequently appeared in Anacortes. The September 12, 1929 ANACORTES AMERICAN reported on the band's growing popularity, "Melody Boys make big hit." The August 28, 1930 issue reported the band would open "the Fall Dancing Season" at the Elks Ballroom (904 6th Street). "Serpentine, balloons and specialty acts are promised, also, the introduction of the 'Spotlight Dance' made popular in California by the original Coff Dan in San Francisco." Al Francisco, Nez Oderlund and Langford White are pictured in the photo. The band was later headed by Wayne Baumgartner. See WF 1789. After the Elks vacated the building in 1937, it became known as the Community Building. IOn September 25, 1947 it became Anacortes City Hall. Starting in 1939, a series of summertime community dances known as the Fishermen and Citizen dances were held in the building. The July 20, 1939 paper reported, "Fishermen and Community Dances open Friday in Community Building."
Date 1929 c.
Photographer from the BRADY, Ferd collection
Collection Wallie Funk Collection
Subjects Place -Anacortes, WA
Credit line Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection
OKERLUND, Nesmith "Nez"
WHITE, Langford
Place Anacortes, WA
Search Terms Melody Boys
Spotlight Dance
Coffee Dan
Elks Hall
Community Building
Anacortes City Hall
Fishermen and Citizen dances
City Hall
Municipal building
music event
musical instrument
Object Name Print, Photographic