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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • VINTAGE ALASKA, c. 1920s

Junior Hop: 1953

Junior Hop: 1953

1953. "College students attending party with a tropical theme." Photo by Charlotte Brooks for the Look magazine assignment "Junior Hop." View full size.

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Ah, Golden Youth!

...gathered around the, er, flashbulb....

White Bucks and Paper Dixie Cups

I remember wearing white buck shoes. It was one of the main items for that "Ivy League Style". No one would wear them in public until they were properly scuffed up first. Every casual party had paper dixie cups. School year books during this period would usually show students sporting those straw hats for a variety of themed parties such as a Li'l Abner Sadie Hopkins Day Dance.

Bracelet of ???

O-Rings? And here we thought Madonna invented that look in 1983. Ha, she did not!

The guitarist

looks like a young Warren Beatty.

That Looks

Downright cozy! Tad early for Belafonte I'd guess, Cugat?

[Even before Belafonte, Calypso music was gaining a following, particularly in New York and also on college campuses, where it became part of the general revival of interest in folk music that blossomed in the 50s. -tterrace]

Ha! I was in Louisiana, we missed out on that memo! And I was about 12. HA!

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