Skip to comments.LIFE at an Ohio Prom That Kept Going, and Going, and Going . . . (1958)
Posted on 04/17/2016 1:57:16 PM PDT by lowbridge
In 1958, LIFE tagged along as students danced at an Ohio high school prom. And went riverboating. And danced some more. And had breakfast. And rode roller coasters. And danced some more. . . .
Students at Mariemont High School near Cincinnati came close to the ultimate this year when they put on a prom that lasted almost 32 hours. It started with a progressive dinner (spaghetti to strawberry cake), followed by a formal but highly energetic dance. Then the students boarded a river boat for a cruise and dancing to a jazz combo. Dawn found them somewhat subdued and back at the school for breakfast. Sent home for a short rest period, they emerged refreshed and descended on an amusement park. By nightfall half the students had discovered they were mortal and had gone home to bed. The rest whipped up another dance. It keeps getting better and better, one said, as I get more and more numb.
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Leaving the subject aside, this is excellent photography.
Oh my goodness. Bermuda shorts, hoop petticoats, the bunny hop and memories of really fun times. Thanks for the memories.
Great photos. Any photo featuring a ‘57 Chevy gets a great rating by default.
Such a different time. The clean haircuts. The dresses and tuxes for the prom.
A great nation full of hope & happiness & self-respect....take a look around these days & it’s like we have entered The Twilight Zone.
And less than a decade later, all that good clean fun was gone, replaced by hippies, LSD, pot, & the Pill.
It brings tears to my eyes. “Those were” the last days of innocence.
I had a Plymouth similar to the one pictured. Chrysler claimed to have skipped two years of planned designs and introduced the 1958 models with advertising that said, “Suddenly, it’s 1960!” I was just a couple years behind the kids in these photos, so the scenario brings back lots of memories.
It brings tears to my eyes. “Those were” the last days of innocence. I remember them well.
Hmmm ! Is that Buddy Holly in the top pic. :-)
“Oo-ee-oo I look just like Buddy Holly Oh-oh, and you’re Mary Tyler Moore....”
It was a great era.
You had practically no rules by the government——and no cell phones.
In other words,parents couldn’t reach you.
Seems like yesterday,
Many more photos here:
Hard to believe; the “kids” in those photos are now in their mid-70s, and many are no longer with us.
An America that used to be and will probably never be again.
Proud Alum of Mariemont High Class of 1981. I know some of the folks in those pics as two of them became teachers at Mariemont and others were parents of classmates.
Odd how old photos make young people look so adult. Nowadays, they just look like perpetual twerps.
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