Vintage Baton Blog

The Vintage Baton Blog is the comprehensive collection of all posts on this site. A team manages the site. Consequently, we publish posts quite frequently. These include photo essays and single, iconic images; original interviews; memoirs; testimonials; tributes; memorials; obituaries and more. In addition, all posts have an overarching category, the link for which appears in the dateline of each post. At the end of each post are tags. These are much more specific to the post. For example, “1940s” is a category while “World War II” is a tag. Basically, users can explore content by clicking on various categories and tags. Have fun exploring!

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Mark Nash, Living Legend

Mark Nash, Living Legend

Please check out our newest page, Mark Nash, A Living Legend. Click here to see it now. In case anyone is wondering, pages provide better design features than posts while posts allow for categorizing and tagging. Thus, we published this content as a page but want to...

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Katherine Stump Werntz Kridler (1925-2013)

Katherine Stump Werntz Kridler (1925-2013)

Katherine Stump Werntz Kridler (1925-2013) and her identical twin sister, Betty, twirled for College High School, Warrensburg, Missouri. They were also majorettes with the Central Missouri State University Drum and Bugle Corps.

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Wisconsin Majorette in Treble Clef Costume (1945)

Wisconsin Majorette in Treble Clef Costume (1945)

A La Crosse State Teachers College majorette poses in her marching band uniform featuring a treble clef at the shoulder and and hemline decorated with a musical staff, symbols and notes. This costume is very similar to what Mary Hartline wore in 1955, 10 years after...

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University of Kentucky Baton Twirlers (1960)

University of Kentucky Baton Twirlers (1960)

In September 1960, the University of Kentucky "Marching 100" band added a trio of majorettes to halftime performances. The trio included freshman Karen Shields, Susan Mendel, and Donna Wilson. It was the first time the university featured majorettes in the band since...

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Hasbro “Get In Shape Girl” Included Fun Batons (1985)

Hasbro “Get In Shape Girl” Included Fun Batons (1985)

During the 1980s fitness craze, Hasbro Toys and Games released Get In Shape, Girl! fitness box sets, one of which paid homage to baton twirling and rhythmic gymnastics. The Twist 'n Twirl box set featured a sky blue hoop baton, a baton fitted with pink and white pom...

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Twirling Legend Major Eugene “Gene” Shea (1928-2015)

Twirling Legend Major Eugene “Gene” Shea (1928-2015)

The following article is reprinted with permission from the Chicago Sun Times. It was originally published on April 22, 2015. Before World War II, baton twirling was dominated by men. And Gene Shea was one of the best. He twirled across the nation and in Canada,...

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Stonewall Jackson HS Head Majorette, 1969

Stonewall Jackson HS Head Majorette, 1969

Above Left: Vonda Kay Sigmon Roberts, Head Majorette, Stonewall Jackson High School, Charleston, West Virginia, 1969 From the 1969 Stonewall Jackson High School Yearbook, The Jacksonian: As representatives of beauty and grace, the majorettes of Stonewall Jackson...

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Majorette in Mary Poppins Costume (Late 1960s)

Majorette in Mary Poppins Costume (Late 1960s)

Donna Tickle Hewett poses in a Mary Poppins costume, late 1960s. The costumes were for a special routine performed by the Stonewall Jackson High School Majorettes, Charleston, West Virginia. They were made by a majorette mom, the mother of Vonda Roberts (nee Sigmon)....

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Brighton High School Majorettes (1950s)

Brighton High School Majorettes (1950s)

Mamie Allen | Brighton High School, Jefferson County, Alabama, 1950s. Miss Cole (Possible first name: Jean, Jessie or Dorothy) Brighton Hight School Majorette, Jefferson County, Alabama, 1953-1956.

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Sandra Cartwright (nee Sale), Kilgore HS Majorette

Sandra Cartwright (nee Sale), Kilgore HS Majorette

Sandra Cartwright (nee Sale), was a majorette with the Kilgore High School Band, Kilgore, Texas, 1956. She was born in 1938 and died in December 2023, at the age of 85. Click here to view more hand-colored photographs of majorettes.

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