The Miss Correct Posture Contest

And today's weirdo Time Life photo archive find is...The Miss Correct Posture Contest! Yep, that's right, a beauty contest based on finding the possessor of perfect posture. In May 1956, a week-long chiropractic convention was held in Chicago, and in an effort to jazz up the convention, coordinators thought it would be a good idea to add a beauty contest to the events.

Lois Conway was crowned Miss Correct Posture, Marianne Caba took second and Ruth Swenson came in third. According to the Chicago Tribune, the contest winners “were picked not only by their apparent beauty, and their X-rays, but also by their standing posture. Each girl stood on a pair of scales – one foot to each – and the winning trio each registered exactly half their weight on each scale, confirming the correct standing posture.”

Believe it or not but this wasn't a one-time event, these contests were held up until 1969!

 Winners of the Miss Correct Posture contest. Chicago, May 1956
 The Miss Correct Posture contest. Chicago, May 1956
 The Miss Correct Posture contest. Chicago, May 1956
 Contestants in the 1956 Miss Correct Posture contest in Chicago.
 A contestant in the 1956 Miss Correct Posture contest.
 The Miss Correct Posture contest. Chicago, 1956.
 The Miss Correct Posture contest. Chicago, 1956.
 Winner of the Miss Correct Posture contest with her x-ray.
 The Miss Correct Posture contest. Chicago, 1956.

Photos by Wallace Kirkland for LIFE Magazine.

Top 10 | Best Vintage Prom Dresses

Yesterday I had the privilege of helping a gal find her senior prom dress, just as I did with her older sister. She wanted something unique so there would be no chance of the dreaded who wore it better moment. Naturally, a vintage dress was the answer! Our appointment and all her excitement got me thinking about my own prom which I hadn't done in quite some time because, you know, it's been a minute! But more specifically, it got me thinking about the history which is something I had never really given much thought. 

Prom, short for...promenade? The formal introductions you often see in old movies. You know the one, there's a line up, names are called and couples walk (ahem, promenade) down the grand staircase into the crowd. It makes sense but I hadn't realized that prom was short for anything. 

In my quest for an image from every decade, I wondered why I was finding numerous university photos. As it turns out, proms were not originally a high school event but actually began at universities and really started to take off in the 1930's and the tradition has only continued to grown over time. 

History aside, let's get down to what it's really all about...the dress. Here are my favorite dresses broken down by decade. Which one tickles your fancy?

1930s Prom

 Evelyn Andrews in her prom dress circa mid 1930's. Such a beautifully color tinted photo not to mention those shoulders!   Found here.

Evelyn Andrews in her prom dress circa mid 1930's. Such a beautifully color tinted photo not to mention those shoulders! Found here.

 Nonchalantly posing in the yard pre-prom, spring 1939. This 1930's dance dress with a long, flown skirt is such a classic style for the era.   Found here.

Nonchalantly posing in the yard pre-prom, spring 1939. This 1930's dance dress with a long, flown skirt is such a classic style for the era. Found here.

1940s Prom

 A couples photo equals more dresses to admire! Long gowns in solid and plaid satin were all the rage in the 1940's. These gals are on top of it!  Found here.

A couples photo equals more dresses to admire! Long gowns in solid and plaid satin were all the rage in the 1940's. These gals are on top of it! Found here.

 A 1940's prom snapshot in the true definition of prom...promenade, and in classic 1940's style, full, puff sleeves.  Found here.

A 1940's prom snapshot in the true definition of prom...promenade, and in classic 1940's style, full, puff sleeves. Found here.

1950s Prom

 The epitome of 1950's prom, tea length dreses with a strapless neckline and layers of tulle.  Found here.

The epitome of 1950's prom, tea length dreses with a strapless neckline and layers of tulle. Found here.

 Time Life has an insane image archive. The collection this photo comes from is definitely worth checking out if you're into 1950's prom style.   Found here.

Time Life has an insane image archive. The collection this photo comes from is definitely worth checking out if you're into 1950's prom style. Found here.

1960s Prom

 It's a bit hard to catch the full effect of this 1960's prom dress but admittedly, I'm just as much in love with her hair style.  Found here.

It's a bit hard to catch the full effect of this 1960's prom dress but admittedly, I'm just as much in love with her hair style. Found here.

 The cut of this dress is one of my favorite 1960's style not only in party dresses but also day dresses.   Found here.

The cut of this dress is one of my favorite 1960's style not only in party dresses but also day dresses. Found here.

1970s Prom

 1970's prom style with sheer crochet sleeves and that center medallion we all know and love from the decade.  Found here.

1970's prom style with sheer crochet sleeves and that center medallion we all know and love from the decade. Found here.

 1970s prom aka the poly-blend prom. The name of the fabric gets a bad wrap but I'm a sucker for the 1970's bohemian gowns.  Found here.

1970s prom aka the poly-blend prom. The name of the fabric gets a bad wrap but I'm a sucker for the 1970's bohemian gowns. Found here.

Looking for a vintage prom dress? Take a look at our selection!

How to Tie a 1920s Turban

These days I've been trying to make my hairstyles last longer. I suppose what that really means is that I haven't been washing my hair as much as I usually do. While I've tried to do this many times before, I can still only go about two days sans shampoo as day three usually equals a greasy matted look. Not the most flattering style in my opinion. Now if ever there was a head covering for that final day, it has to be the turban. I mean, there has to be a reason it's referred to as the cache-misère in French which translates to hide misery in English. That sounds about right! Personally, I'll be trying out this look especially with the onset of cooler weather. This 1920s turban DIY is definitely the best I've found!

 Dorothy Sebastian tying a turban in a 1920s turban DIY.
 Dorothy Sebastian tying a turban in the 1920s.

First, take a piece of soft, pliable silk 36 inches wide, a yard and an eighth long. On the length of the silk, measure the depth of your head from forehead to neck. Leaving this length untouched, cut the remaining entire length in half. Shirr the edge of the uncut piece to hold the turban across the top of your forehead. This done, now follow the directions as illustrated

The second step is to cross the two pieces of silk in the back, one over the other toward the front. Position three gives you the chance for a coquettish pose, and also time to drape the left hand piece across the from of your head.

 Dorothy Sebastian tying a turban in the 1920s.
 Dorothy Sebastian tying a turban in the 1920s.

Drape the right piece over the left and so finish the front. Now do a little work behind your own back. Pull the turban tight to prevent a slightly groggy look. tuck the ends neatly under the edge. Voila! Now you've solved your bad hair day with a one easy 1920s turban DIY!

 How to Tie a Turban from a 1928 issue of Photoplay. The best 1920s turban DIY around!

Images of Dorothy Sebastian found on Tumblr. Captions were originally published in the 1928 Photoplay seen above.

Looking for an authentic 1920's to match your fancy new turban? Shop our selection of 1920's dresses!

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