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January 28, 2022

Funny Photos of Knobbly Knees Contests in England From the Past

A knobbly knees competition (or knobbliest knees) is a parody of a beauty contest, in which the winner is the person judged to have the knobbliest, or most misshapen, knees.

Such competitions were popular entertainments at British pre- and post-war era holiday camps such as Butlin’s and Pontins. The competitions became a byword for the holiday camp lifestyle.

A June 1947 knobbliest knees contest at Butlin’s Skegness camp was judged by Laurel and Hardy. The denouement of the 1973 British comedy-drama film The Best Pair of Legs in the Business—from which the film takes its title—relies on a character having participated in a knobbly knees competition.

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