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Jitterbug sweeps nation
Date Issued: 1999-02-18
Postage Value: 33 cents

Commemorative issue
Celebrate the Century - 1940s
Jitterbug sweeps nation

Although “jitterbug” comes from an early 20th century term to describe alcoholics who suffered from the “jitters,” the term later became associated with a form of swing dancing. Cab Calloway is credited with associating the term with dancing. There were distinct forms of jitterbug, i.e., Lindy and Shag, with the latter still quite popular in the North and South Carolina beach scene.

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