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November 15, 2021

40 Beautiful Photos of ’50s Couples in Their Prom Outfits

As Americans gained more money and leisure time in the 1950s, proms became more extravagant and elaborate, bearing similarity to today’s proms. The high school gym may have been an acceptable setting for sophomore dances (soph hop), but junior prom and senior balls gradually moved to hotel ballrooms and country clubs.


Competition blossomed, as teens strove to have the best dress, the best mode of transportation, and the best looking date. Competition for the prom court also intensified, as the designation of “prom queen” became an important distinction of popularity.

In a way, prom became the pinnacle event of a high school student’s life, the ultimate dress rehearsal for a wedding. These beautiful photos captured portraits of ’50s couples in their prom outfits.












































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