FASHIONS OF THE FIFTIES—CRINOLINES. Crinolines were a big fashion item in the late fifties (wikipedia has an article on the history of the crinoline). One girl years later remembered sneaking out of the house with three crinolines on despite her mother’s rule that she could wear only one. A recollection that has stayed with me for fifty years is of the high school graduation of the class ahead of mine. It was considered an honor for an underclassman to be an usher, and I can proudly say that I was an usher. The girls were assigned classrooms to change into their caps and gowns. After the ceremonies had begun, I walked by one of the classrooms and looked in. Beside all the desks were white crinolines standing upright on the floor, ghostly presences, symbolizing many things.

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