Loafers & Bobby Socks

I bet the Quill and Scroll clubs died out about the same time as loafers and bobby socks. In this 1952 Midland High School portrait, it appears that only the teacher was allowed to wear strappy shoes. The girl on the far right seems to have bucked the trend and gone with saddle oxfords.

Among the many clubs at this high school was the Model Airplane Club. I doubt that one’s around anymore either.

Without a doubt, no one under 40 has ever heard the term “slide rule” or seen one in the wild.

You could use them for math questions before calculators were readily available.


Have you ever used a slide rule?

How about the Pan American Club? What did they do in there?

I see flags of many nations.

But by far the oddest thing about clubs in this yearbook was the illustration preceding them.


We didn’t have these kind of clubs in my high school. A saloon with dancing ladies?


12 thoughts on “Loafers & Bobby Socks”

  1. I love your photos, if I had a choice I would have preferred to have been a teenager in the 50โ€™s. No we didnโ€™t have those clubs either, although we did have a Twist and Jive on Thursday lunchtimes ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ’

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    1. Agreed! My folks always told me I was born at the wrong time. What I would have given to twirl about in a poodle skirt and taffeta dresses. Such hopeful optimism after the war! A Twist & Jive sounds smashing!

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      1. Hmmmm girls stood at one end of the room and boys at the other, daring one another to go and speak, now they swop naked photos on Snapchat! ๐Ÿ˜‚ Yes the fashion was tremendous I would have had a Drape suit, crepe sole shoes and a DA ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’

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