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Dance Photographs

Photographs of women at dances, 1920s-1930s

North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives

Carolina women at dances, photographs early 20th century

These images depict early 20th century Carolina dances, providing a visual representation of the typical dress and behavior of both women and men at such events. During this time period, dances were a key component of UNC social life, yet were presented very differently for women versus men. Women were often expected to serve the role of being a man’s date, rather than attend dances solely for their own enjoyment.