1930s Baton Twirling Photos
“In the late 1930s the “majorette” made her debut,.when band directors decided to increase the audience appeal of the marching band by adding a baton twirler or two. The role became so popular that high school girls all over the country wanted to participate. Shorter, lighter batons continued to developed for the rash of feminine twirlers springing up.”
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Photo Detail: 1930s Bakelite Majorette Hat Pin
Photo Detail: Colorized Image of Rita Phillips, 1939
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