bobby soxer


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bobby soxer

A typical teenage girl of the 1940s and '50s. Fashion for teenage girls of those decades dictated short white anklets with turned-down tops. Absent any record of an eponymous Bobbi (short for Barbara or Roberta), the best guess about the name is “bob” in the sense of “cut short.” Girls who wore them were known as bobby soxers. When they weren't swooning over Frank Sinatra, they congregated at malt shops or rode in their boyfriends' hot rods. Watching a rerun of the TV show Happy Days will put that era in focus.
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Of course since then I remember Sinatra starting off, Elvis Presley, Bobby Soxers, the 50s, 60s, and 70s music, and being a jiver and loving dancing.
Swenson was not the first to link many of these artists in print, a distinction belonging to Max Kozloff in his unsympathetic Art International article "'Pop' Culture, Metaphysical Disgust, and the New Vulgarians," a diatribe that called their work "sinister" and lamented the invasion of galleries by "the pinheaded and contemptible style of gum chewers, bobby soxers, and worse, delinquents.
That famous verdict by bobby soxers appearing on ``American Bandstand,'' the first network TV show dedicated exclusively to rock 'n' roll, is still the final word on new pop product some 50 years after the phrase was first stammered between sharp snaps of Bazooka bubble gum.
And to celebrate the charity event, Bobby soxers Lisa Kennedy and Katrina Noble hitched a ride with three loud and proud hot rods.
Frank Sinatra opens in New York's Paramount Theater to thousands of screaming bobby soxers.
In the 1940s, when bobby soxers were swooning over him, he was an adviser to heavyweight contender Tami Mauriello, who was knocked out by Joe Louis in his only title shot.