Before the dance, before the date, there was always someone there snapping pictures – preserving the awkwardness and bad fashion sense for posterity. Let’s take a look at some of these photos, all taken from the early 1970s. Enjoy.
(L) As far as the pre-dance ritual goes, this seems like a fairly jovial scene…. unlike (R) which seems to take place in a religious fanatic’s underground lair. Carrie comes to mind (in which case, this fellow better not be planning any pranks).
Four words: Out of their league.
I have to believe the parents were friends, as there is no way these pairings took place naturally. Adult forces were at work here, and they landed in favor of these young gentlemen.
(L) In some circles in the 1970s, wearing a white belt meant you were sporting a “Half Cleveland”. Wearing matching white shoes was termed a “Full Cleveland”.
(R) One of the most paralyzingly awkward couples photo I’ve ever seen. She seems stricken with dread and regret; meanwhile, he makes a sadly futile attempt at holding her hand.
(L) Awkward hand placement, dude. And either she’s really cold or he’s sweating something fierce. I’m guessing it’s like a swamp under those corduroys. (R) Hello. We’re popular. Really, really popular.
Is it just me, or is was there a surplus of smoking hot chicks dating somewhat goofy gents? For more on this phenomena, see a previous article: Beauty and the Buffoon: Implausible TV Couples
(L) As you can tell, the miniskirt was THE attire for girls in early 70s America…. unfortunately, the Glenn Campbell haircut for boys was also in.
(R) This boy looks a bit too much like a Gerry Anderson super-marionette for me to feel comfortable.
(L) Her horizontal stripes perfectly complete his vertical striped shirt with diagonal striped tie. (R) It would be another decade before the arrival of the Cosby sweater; clearly, this man is a time traveler.
(L) In his mind, he and the chivalrous medieval knight to his right are but one and the same. (R) A very cautious and conservative couple: She grasps his hand tightly, he clings to the rail, for at any moment they could fall helplessly down the stairwell.