Majorettes and football, Box 67, 1948


There are two subjects in this box. What appears to be few images from majorette out of a parade we’ve seen before. This time there’s an name, I can make out Jo Ann Fonseca-Marquard (sic). There’s also a note “Lodi Parade”.

The rest are images from a Loyola – Pacific football game at night in October 1948.

No further identifying information, just presenting the images as they popped up through the scanner.

COP photographer finding a good vantage point.
He’s holding a Graflex Speed with handlebar flash, circa 1948 (Printed image)

Pretty much everyone was shooting Graflex Super D or Graflex Speed cameras in 4×5 or 3×4 press format. It is only after 1948 that we see the smaller 120 and 220 film format make its debut in Naranjado COP yearbook photography. I believe 1949 is the first year there’s also 8mm movie film on campus.

Majorette doing the splits with three batons, COP, circa 1948 (Printed)
Majorette posing with three batons, COP, circa 1948
Double exposure, suggesting the majorette was part of a COP game show, circa 1948 (Printed)

The above image identifies the background as clearly COP. Same for the double-exposure below.

I no longer believe Joel’s double exposures are all accidental. There are just too many of them he printed out. It’s hard for double exposure to make sense, you have to set up the shots for this. But Joel did experiment a lot with other concepts. I’m giving him credit for trying.

Majorette, double exposure, COP, circa 1948 (Printed)
Majorette, lining up a parade in the background, horseback riders on top, COP, circa 1948
Majorette posing with three batons, part of COP parade, circa 1948

Joel continued the photography on another day in the street, with some good creative use of low angle for perspective. He’s also using different film stock for the non-parade photography.

Majorette work in the street, circa 1948

And there’s even an outfit change/

Majorette in sequins, unknown location, circa 1948
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Majorette in sequins, unknown location, circa 1948

In the last image Joel made sure the throwback was perfect.

We’ve seen at least one color slide image from Jo Ann in a previous blog post, repeating it here for completeness. This image however is again part of a parade at COP. Joel must have known Jo Ann in one or other capacity.

Jo Ann in sequins, COP parade, circa 1948, Ansco Color Slide

As alluded in the intro of this blog post, the rest of the images are from a Loyola – Pacific football match at night.

Loyola – Pacific, October 1948, COP
Loyola – Pacific, October 1948, COP
Loyola – Pacific, October 1948, COP (Printed)
Loyola – Pacific, October 1948, COP (Printed)
Loyola – Pacific, October 1948, COP (Printed)
Loyola – Pacific, October 1948, COP (Printed)
Loyola – Pacific, October 1948, COP
Loyola – Pacific, October 1948, COP (Printed)

As we can observe gain, sports night photography is never easy. There were limitations to the flash bulbs, the long afterglow didn’t help creating sharp images as one can tell in the above collection.

Cheers !


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