Red Spotted Knickers


UNKNOWN DANCERS AT AN UNNOWN DANCE, APRIL 1958 (1607B42)

I had to look at this photograph for some time before I realised what was going on. And then I remembered "spot prizes": dances back in those days of mock-innocence when the bandleader would interrupt the foxtrot to announce some curious object and the first person to rush up with it got a spot prize. Here he has obviously just called out something like "a ten shilling note" or "a small tooth comb". I seem to remember being at a dance once where they called out "a pair of red knickers". But perhaps that is merely the sad dreams of an old man.

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  1. Spot prizes...what fun! My first though was what are they reaching for?? Guns?? :)

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    1. I do rather like the idea of them reaching for guns. Perhaps it was the annual dinner dance of the Mafia.

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