Gay Nineties-themed classroom dance


Gay Nineties-themed classroom dance


A black and white photograph featuring a Gay Nineties-themed classroom dance. A typewritten inscription on the back reads: "Remember when you danced to 'Turkey in the Straw' and those other lively fiddle tunes? Much more fun than rock n' roll. Everyone's dressed for the part, even teachers and principals." The photographer is unknown, but it may have been Allan J. de Lay, a staff photographer for The Oregonian who took numerous photographs of the event over the years.
This is one photograph from a collection on the Gay Nineties festival and the the Original All-Northwest Barbershop Ballad Contest in Forest Grove, Oregon. The festival centered around a theme of nostalgia for the 1890s decade. The event, which ran from 1947 through the 1990s, featured a parade downtown, residents dressing up in 1890s-themed costumes for the celebrations, local businesses decorating their window displays, and the crown jewel of the event, the Original All-Northwest Barbershop Ballad Contest, which earned Forest Grove the nickname "Ballad Town U.S.A."



Date: Display



Forest Grove (Or.)
Nostalgia--United States--19th century
Nostalgia--United States--History--20th century
Barbershop quartets
Barbershop singing


Forest Grove, Oregon


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