In late July 1941, Scranton marked two anniversaries – the diamond jubilee of the incorporation of the city of Scranton and the centennial of the industrial founding of Scranton. One of the events for this week long celebration was a Baby Parade.
Some 250 youngster ranging in age from six months to six years old participated in a parade and beauty contest. The parade took place on Wednesday, July 29. The children and their attendants marched up Washington Ave to the Masonic Temple. Some 5,000 people lined the street to witness this colorful event.
Once at the temple the children were paraded across the stage for the judges. Awards were given out in the following categories: Prettiest Girl, Handsomest Boy, twins, comic costume, most original costume, best costume, folk costume, floats and baby carriage.
Mrs. Worthington Scranton and five of her grandchildren are shown participating in the Baby Parade on July 29, 1941. Pictured with Mrs. Scranton are Ellen Scranton Linen and James Alexander Linen IV, children of Mrs. and Mrs. James Linen; Katrina and Jan Rozendaal, children of Dr. and Mrs. H.M. Rosendaal, and Tim Mayer, son of Mr and Mrs. Edward Mayer. Mrs. James Linen Jr, grandmother of the two Linen children, is at left. The Baby Parade was just one of the events organized for the Scranton Diamond Jubilee and Centennial Celebration. Times-Tribune Archives
Large number of Baby Parade entries in the prettiest gorl and handsomest boy division of the parade, with their attendants at the corner of Washington Ave and Linden Street in Scranton on July 29, 1941. The Baby Parade was just one of the events organized for the Scranton Diamond Jubilee and Centennial Celebration. Times-Tribune Archives
Participants in the Baby Parade in Scranton on July 29, 1941 – Theresa Hulse, Barbara Hollow and Donald Hargreaves. The three were entered in the most orginial costume division of the parade. Times-Tribune Archives
Carl and Carol Kelly, of Sloan Street, are dressed as a missionary priest and nun for the Baby Parade in Scranton on July 29, 1941. Times-Tribune Archives
Previous Throwback Thursdays –
June 29 – Girl Scouts Roundup
June 22 – Now Pitching
June 15 – Tonight at Tink’s
June 8 – Celebration
June 1 – Burning up the charts
May 25 – Psycho