This had to have been a Soc assignment – short for Society assignment. They usually involved going somewhere to shoot women pretending to do something. One thing you could count on was that your subjects had probably just come from the hairdresser.
Hair was a big deal in Cape. If you don’t believe me, take a look at the last baby born at the old St. Francis Hospital.
I have no idea what these women were doing. I thought they might have been at Southeast Missouri State College because I have a night shot of Academic Hall on the roll, but a closer look makes me think it might have been a building converted to a dance studio. The mirror on the wall is reflecting what looks like a garage-style door. You can click on the photos to make them larger if it’ll help you figure out what you’re looking at.
Where’d that guy come from?
Same place, different women. Where in the world did the guy come from? He looks way too exuberant.
You’re on your own on this one. I didn’t even know where to start searching for the story.
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Have you ever seen the movie, “Waiting for Guffman”? The prancing shot reminds me of that, like those people are rehearsing community theater or some sort of showcase.
I described them as “cavorting” somewhere. I think you are correct. That appears to be a prance more than a cavort.
Perhaps they have been possessed? Although they look very cheerful about it.
Cavort? Prance? Possessed? EMOTE?…
No one word can express what I am seeing…
No wait there is one word…WTF…
This is one word, isn’t it ?
…otherwise I am speechless.
It looks like a follies rehearsal. Here is one from 1963:
I hope it was an EARLY rehearsal. They looked like they needed a lot more practice.
Amazing what we did for entertainment before TV and the Internet.
Ken, that is not a mirror on the wall. It is a window that exposes a shop door on the other side. I believe that building is what became the former home of Weiser Motor Company (the Datsun dealership) diagonally northeast from First Prebyterian Church on Broadway.
Oh dear, I forgot my S!
And a 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8!