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.

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