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Oh the memories! Do you remember your prom days? This should bring back memories

This is so funny now! We discovered this wonderful, historic instructional film about prom etiquette rules produced in 1961 by America’s Junior Miss Pageant that was held in Mobile, Alabama. It is long, but well worth watching.

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Glimpse of Bob Newhart’s wife

This historic film also includes glimpses of the 1961 America Junior Miss Pageant held in Mobile, Alabama.  America’s Junior Miss for 1961, Mary Frann (Luecke), better known as Joanna Louden, Bob Newhart’s wife in his second series Newhart is seen in the film. America’s Junior Miss was renamed Distinguished Young Women in 2011.

Started with a local competition

America’s Junior Miss began as a local competition hosted by the Mobile Junior Chamber of Commerce called the Azalearama Pageant. High school senior girls competed to be crowned queen of the Azalea Trail Maids. However, entrants soon showed up from the states of Mississippi and Florida so the sponsors opened the event up to high school girls from every state.

azalea trail maidsAzalea Trail Maids

Many name changes

The event was renamed the Junior Miss America Pageant in 1957 and then America’s Junior Miss in 1959.  Coca-cola sponsored the America Junior Miss Pageant.  The name changed again in the 1980s to America’s Young Woman of the Year. However, the name returned to America’s Junior Miss in the 1990s. In 2011 the name was changed again to Distinguished Young Women.

RIBBON OF LOVE: 2nd edition – A Novel of Colonial America  Inspired by true historical events, Mary and Henry Pattenden flee to America to escape religious persecution –  It is almost impossible to put the book down until completion. – Dr. Don P. Brandon, Retired Professor, Anderson University 

RIBBON OF LOVE: 2nd edition – A Novel of Colonial America (Tapestry of Love Book 1): Book 1 in Tapestry of Love Series (Kindle Edition)

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About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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One comment

  1. This seems to be a convenient spot for a few little tales my father, Cameron McRae Plummer used to tell about his family’s household in earlier days. The lived in Virginia and North Carolina, I believe… and he told the tales because he found them entertaining and often giving some insights into the perceptions of those who participated in them.

    They traveled, generally, in horse-pulled buggies or carriages, with the horsepower often guided by servants.
    On one occasion, one of the manservants heard the warm and lively exchange of two parties who had met in such conversation, and the generous exchange of friendly remarks. One servant remarked proudly to another, whom he was instructing on the handling of the gentry., noting the graces of at least some of the gentry:

    “Yes, sir. Just as I told you, when the quality meets, the compliments, they pahsses!

    On another occasion one room service waiter in a Virginia hotel explained the difference between politeness and tact to a younger waiter in training.
    It seems that somehow the senior waiter had entered a female guest’s room to deliver something before she was completely dressed.
    The servant, without missing a beat, he explained to the youngster, made his delivery, adding a quick “Excuse me, Sir.”

    The “excuse me,” he explained to the younger man, “now that was politeness. But the ‘sir,’ that was tact!”


    And the there was the time my dad showed up at a neighbor’s home one afternoon, just as she’d finished baking a particularly enticing delicacy. But my dad, having been taught proper manners, knew that he should not in any way ask for a treat.
    Instead, he looked around, took an appreciative sniff of the delicious scent, and commented, “My, this house smells like gingerbread… But what is that to me!”

    And his mother, born in 1863 in the back of a wagon as her mother fled the approaching Yankee troops, was also tutored in childhood restraint. Some years later, at Christmas dinner when she was six or so years old, she could no longer contain her delight over the new piece of jewelry. Nobody was paying it, or her, much attention as the family enjoyed the feast.
    She stood it as long as she could, and finally piped up to the assembled family, “Oh, my! I feel so warm in my new ring!”

    I hope you have and enjoy such gentle tales of human foibles and politesse in your own family stories.

    M.C. Cowan

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