I’m a little late getting this out, as Prom season is almost over for the year.  For my nieces and nephews – this is Granny (Betty Ellen Taylor Smith Schwartman) ready to attend her high school Prom in 1947.  She and her mother (Amy Ruth Harper Taylor) made the dress.  Look at all the ribbon detail on each of the layers and around the neck & sleeves!

The prom was most likely held in the high school gymnasium, gaily decorated for the occasion.  The prom would have included a dinner, followed by dancing.  I’m sure they danced the night away to the swing and big band tunes of the era — Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington, as well as ballads from the “Crooners”, Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby.  I bet Granny had a grand time!

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