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Dancing Queen: 1952

Dancing Queen: 1952

Big sister, a vision in turquoise tulle. Somewhere in the United States circa 1952. Found 35mm Kodachrome transparency, Set 2. View full size.

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So, is that YOU in the corner, being the pesky little brother? Your sister looks wonderful! Did she and your mom make the dress?

[This was way before I came along. The slides I've posted in the Kodachrome galleries were found on eBay and in thrift shops. - Dave]

Dancing Queen

What a great radio in the background and really fantastic 50s wallpaper , too.


That wallpaper hurts my eyes.

I love the detail of the nurse photo on the table, that is totally HER in another few years!


"Big sister" is standing next to a General Electric console radio that is similar to this GE E-68-2 model; note the difference in the number of front-panel knobs: 3 vs. 5. Following General Electric's model numbering scheme prior to WW II, "E" models were built in 1936.

Denny Gill
Chugiak, Alaska


I got excited when I saw the name of this since I am a big ABBA fan! Then I saw the dress ... And realized they would have TOTALLY worn it!

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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