3/19/12

Mini Skirt Monday #107: The School Dance


The complex web of cliques and vast hierarchy of popularity come together on full display in high schools across the country just a few times per year - at the dance.  There, every school's underlying caste system is paraded in all its glory to the tune of Journey, Styx, or whatever teen-anthem-makers are on the radio. Depending on where you happen to fit into this complicated system, this can be the greatest or worst moment of your life. I've lived on both sides of that equation, actually.

At least during the early seventies, guys had something to hold onto.  A wonderful constant that made it all better - the miniskirt.  I mean let's face it, your date may have never returned from the punch bowl and you may dance like a retarded stork, but there's a gym full of miniskirts as far as the eye can see, so it can't be all bad.

So, once again, here is another collection of photographs for your viewing pleasure.  Even those of you who are not fans of the mini, may appreciate the memories.... whether they be good or bad.





















































17 comments:

  1. "Those of you who are not fans of the mini may appreciate..."

    That's like saying "Those of you who don't breathe may still find this perfume appealing."

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  2. I think it is the 7th pic from the top, the one where they are both making fists - I dare say there is some sort of psycho-sexual message being transmitted there in a language altogether primitive in nature.... Jolly good collection!

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    1. They were Born to Hand Jive.

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  3. So many nerds are getting it on here, and good on them! Some observations:
    #5: I am McLovin!
    #17: On the left, I'm in love.
    #23: On the left, he wants to be Sean Connery
    #24: On the left, I hate that guy. There's something smug about him, as if he's going to beat up some nerd later on.
    #27: That guy on the far right is a hero: Dancing like that when he has to cope with a deformity that has left him with a hand for a foot.

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    1. Superb comment. You've just inspired me to start numbering my images for future Miniskirt Monday posts.

      And I hate guy in #24 too. Let's find out who he is and start issuing payback with extreme prejudice for all the nerds he wedgied.

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  4. I'm sad that there's only one photo that shows the band. But that one photo doesn't disappoint: The bass player is wisely using a Kustom cabinet. No decent bass player from that period would be caught dead without a far out tuck 'n' roll Kustom. I have a photo somewhere that I shot when I was a yearbook staff photog that clearly shows a similar cabinet. That would've been around '78.

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    1. Ah, there are at least 2 others that I missed, but the band is waaay in the background and not much equipment can been seen except for what looks like some sort of Peavey cabinet underneath something else.

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    2. Impressive. I can't wait to read your comments on an amatuer band post I'll be publishing in the not too distant future.

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  5. Love these photos! Seriously, that one guy reminded me of a young Drew Carey, pre-weight loss...you know which photo I'm referring to!

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  6. If my school dances in the 80s and 90s had been like that I might've actually gone to one. So many good looking yet slightly geeky guys. Yum!

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  7. While visions of pancakes danced in their heads...
    But a slow dance with a pretty girl was the next best thing.

    Nowadays the dancing looks like intercourse. We would have been ran out of town with pitchforks for doing that in the 70's.

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  8. Sadly, I was one of the kids handing out orange drink and selling concessions, and any of the teachers there I would have loved to have seen in miniskirts were either in pants or not there, curse the luck, lol. Any of my female classmates in miniskirts were on the floor, in the dark so I, along with the other wallflowers, didn't have a view of them either, lol.

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  9. Further proof - as if any was needed - that it's impossible for white people to look cool while dancing...

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  10. Just Love Highly polished dance floors, and Mini-skirts!

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  11. Are they doing the Alley Cat in the 2nd picture? That's the only line dance I know of from the 70's.

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  12. The years 1968-1971 were my high school years. This was the high point of the mini skirt era!!!!! The existing photos of that time period only hint at how wonderful those times were!!!

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  13. Pic #7, Are those guys sitting on the floor across from the seated mini-skirted gals the smartest ones in the room, or most chivalrous, having apparently given up their seats?
    Pic #14, 2nd gal from the right is another contestant for the shortest mini ever.

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