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Senior Prom: 1955

Senior Prom: 1955

My brother's Marin Catholic High School classmates all decked out for their 1955 Senior Prom. He took this Ektachrome slide in the Larkspur, California, home of the girl on the right. 1950s accouterments include a table model TV set, spectacular lamp shade and those interesting light bulbs, a variety we also had in our own home a couple blocks away. View full size.

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Women's 1950s Hairstyles

Except for ponytails and "pixies," women's hairstyles of that decade made them look older. These girls look older than high school or even college seniors. A shame because, as I recall, getting a "Toni" was a long process for the ladies.

Death and Tuxes

Those guys look way more comfortable in their white dinner jackets than I felt at my prom. Of course, I was wearing a light blue tux with a white ruffled shirt. Let me assure you, that was the height of fashion in small towns in 1980.

Green was popular those years

Especially for proms and special occasions. My dress was mint green.

A white sport coat

and a pink carnation would be popular in 1957, the second year of these young people's college days.

The greens

Especially second from the left. Mint? Seafoam? Honeydew? Aqua? Anyway, who knew it was big 60 years ago.

The Light Bulb

General Electric 50 watt bulb. Gives a nice pleasing soft light.

[Thanks! It's a GE 50-GA. Click ad to embiggen. -tterrace]

Philco 52-T1808

The TV is a 1952 Philco with a 17-inch picture tube, probably a Model 52-T1808 as seen in this brochure

I used to own one just like it until a few years ago.

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