By Mark Frauenfelder at 8:37 am Fri, Oct 31, 2008
The UCLA Digital Library has a few interesting photos of Halloween in the 1940s. The caption for this one reads: "Stage and crowd at Halloween Slick Chick beauty contest in Anaheim, Calif., 1947." I wonder if Daisy Mae was the winner?
Here's another photo of the Slick Chick contestants, and here's one of children in costumes (including one girl in blackface). (Via Save vs. Death)
brings back memories of Scout as “pork”, and Jem and the struggle in the dark…
more evidence the Pastafarian Conspiracy had penetrated the public school system even then.
I believe the ‘Sexy Peter Pan’ is actually the Sexy Pied Piper, though why a piper would have a trumpet is beyond my ken. Still, she has my heart.
Especially if she’s a redhead. *sigh* So many redheads forever lost to black and white photography.
Wow, @ that “mammy” costume. Ballsy move for a small child.
If you click through to see the photo linked as “children in costumes,” be sure to look at the little girl in the center of the frame. Yes, the one in full blackface.
That chick is indeed slick.
Wow, Gramma’s hot!
The winner and Slickest Chick is smack dab in the middle of your second link, holding the trophy.
Wonder what became of it and the winner?
Yeah, mammy’s politically incorrect by today’s standards, but I’m checking out the young pirates… in position spread across the crowd, ready for their big takedown action.
these are wonderful. thanks/
Looks like there were two Daisy Maes. I’m envisioning such an awesome catfight on the award podium….
Did anybody notice the LSD laced nachos? What’ll they think of next!
“…and for the ladies, we carry all of your favorite Halloween costumes. Whether you prefer Sexy Witch, Sexy Peter Pan, Sexy Indian or Sexy Farmgirl, we have it all…and more!”
Sobering thought: virtually everybody in that photograph are dead…
Happy Halloween, everybody!
I can’t look at crowd photos like this from the past without scanning the sea of faces for mine, ala Jack Nicholson at the end of the shining.
That slow zoom into the New Years Eve party was probably the single scariest shot in the film.
@10 this would be the first meme
followed later by a hep trumpet action version current for the photo.
Here is another good photo from the same library:
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