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October 23, 1958











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A festival in the village of Agios Giorgos, Crete, 1950s.


Village of Hora Saffron, Crete, 1950s.



Giouchtas in Iraklion, Crete, 1950s.



Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther by Roland Bainton, 1950 edition.



"The chart, created by The Washington Post using data from the American Society of Testing and Materials, shows how sizes based on the exact same measurements have changed over the past 50 years (Travers)."



"As the weight of the average American woman rose, from 140 lb. in 1960 to 168.5 lb. in 2014, brands adjusted their metrics to help more of us squeeze into more-desirable sizes (and get us to buy more clothes) (Dockterman)." Graphic by Lily Chow.



Original Broadway Cast Recording of Candide. The show opened on December 1, 1956 at the Martin Beck Theatre, and closed on February 2, 1957, after seventy-three performances. It was nominated for a number of awards at the 1957 Tony Awards.



Original Broadway Cast Recording of West Side Story. The show opened on September 26, 1957 at the Winter Garden Theatre, and closed on February 28, 1959, after seven-hundred and thirty-two performances. It won for both Best Choreography and Best Scenic Design at the 1958 Tony Awards.


Original 1953 Wonderful Town Broadway Cast Recording. The show opened on February 25, 1953 at the Winter Garden Theatre, and closed on July 3, 1954, after five-hundred and fifty-nine performances. The show won the 1953 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Actress in a Musical (Rosalind Russell), Best Scenic Design, Best Choreography, and Best Conductor and Musical Direction.


Want to do more research? Check out the sources I used below!


"Candide." Internet Broadway Database, https://www.ibdb.com/broadway-production/candide-2591#Awards. Accessed 17 April 2020.


"Candide (Original Broadway Cast Recording)." AmazonMusic, https://www.amazon.com/Candide-Original-Broadway-Cast-Recording/dp/B008GFZVLO. Accessed 17 April 2020.


Chow, Lily. "Size 8 Through the Ages." TIME, https://time.com/4477888/clothing-vanity-sizing/. Accessed 17 April 2020.


Dervenn, Claude. "A Festival in the Village of Agios Giorgos." The Pappas Post, https://www.pappaspost.com/crete-in-the-1950s-25-amazing-photos-by-a-traveling-french-photographer/. Accessed 17 April 2020.


Dervenn, Claude. "Giouchtas in Iraklion." The Pappas Post, https://www.pappaspost.com/crete-in-the-1950s-25-amazing-photos-by-a-traveling-french-photographer/. Accessed 17 April 2020.


Dervenn, Claude. "Village of Hora Saffron." The Pappas Post, https://www.pappaspost.com/crete-in-the-1950s-25-amazing-photos-by-a-traveling-french-photographer/. Accessed 17 April 2020.


Dockterman, Eliana. "Why a Size 8 in the 1950s Would Be a Size 00 Today." TIME, https://time.com/4477888/clothing-vanity-sizing/. Accessed 17 April 2020.


Friedman, Leo. "West Side Story - Original Broadway Cast Album (1957)." PopSpotsNYC, http://www.popspotsnyc.com/westsidestory/. Accessed 17 April 2020.


"Here I Stand A Life Of Martin Luther Roland Bainton 1950." Seattle, Washington, https://www.etsy.com/listing/269529032/here-i-stand-a-life-of-martin-luther?show_sold_out_detail=1&ref=anchored_listing. Accessed 17 April 2020.


National Institute of Standards and Technology. "Vanity Sizing." Good Housekeeping UK, https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/uk/fashion-beauty/a556302/chart-shows-shocking-change-in-clothing-sizes/. Accessed 17 April 2020.


Travers, Penny. "Chart Shows Shocking Change in Clothing Sizes." Good Housekeeping UK, https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/uk/fashion-beauty/a556302/chart-shows-shocking-change-in-clothing-sizes/. Accessed 17 April 2020.


"West Side Story." Internet Broadway Database, https://www.ibdb.com/broadway-production/west-side-story-2639#Awards. Accessed 17 April 2020.


"Wonderful Town." Internet Broadway Database, https://www.ibdb.com/broadway-production/wonderful-town-2221#Awards. Accessed 17 April 2020.


"Wonderful Town (Original 1953 Broadway Cast." AmazonMusic, https://www.amazon.com/Wonderful-Town-Original-1953-Broadway/dp/B00005O6KS. Accessed 17 April 2020.

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