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Catalog Number 11744-76
Title Poster, Four Hits and a Miss
Object Name Poster
Description Poster promoting the "FOUR HITS and a MISS". The poster is printed in black ink on white paper. At the top of the poster is a squiggly horizontal line and immediately below this are the words, "DANCE" in large bold letters, "to the FOUR HITS and a MISS". On the proper right side of the page is a treble clef with whole notes struck with arrows in every space between lines (FA,C,E) and one whole note, which an arrow has missed, below the bottom line (D). To the proper left of this arrow is a blank line above the word, "DATE". A small blank space is above another blank line following the word "At". Below this, the poster reads, "Music Styled for Your Dancing Pleasure".

The booking address is given as, "Booking Address-Box 0, Bassett, Nebraska".
Year Range from 1940
Year Range to 1970
Material Paper, Ink
Used USA: Nebraska (Custer), Sargent
Height (in) 18
Width (in) 12
Search Terms Oscar's Palladium
History This poster was from Oscar's Palladium, a dance hall located in Sargent (Custer County), Nebraska.

Oscar's was owned by Oscar Melham. In addition to the dance floor, the building included a bar and supper club. They also had roller skating nights.

Oscar's hosted many big names including Lawrence Welk, the Dorsey Brothers, and Guy Lombardo. Polka, Oompah, and Schottische bands were also popular. They also hosted many "Territory" bands, which traveled the region. One of the territory circuits was known as the MINK circuit, which stood for Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas. They often played the hits of the time as well as their own songs.

It is estimated than there were more than 300 dances bands playing in Nebraska from 1948 to 1957.


Credit line Lux Acquisition Fund
Collection Lux Acquisition Fund