The Floral Queen contest

The Floral Queen contest at the 1957 Southsea Show

The Floral Queen contest at the 1957 Southsea Show

One of the many lifelike displays in Boathouse No7

When the ’yard employed Jacks of every possible trade

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The Floral Queen contest was a popular part of the Southsea Show each year.

This picture was taken in 1957. The contestants’ dresses reflect the fashion of the day when narrow waists and mid-calf-length, flared skirts were the in thing, together with the short, soft perm and Louis heels. And several entrants were wearing gloves, the essential accessory to the well-dressed young woman’s outfit.

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