I have created a new Facebook page, The Vintage Baton Twirler, to showcase my collection of vintage majorette and baton twirling pictures and ephemera. I am also cross-posting on Instagram. I invite you to follow @vintage.twirler on that platform.
I have been collecting these things along with baton-twirling stories for many years and have decided to share them with the world. If you would like to contribute pictures of twirlers or baton twirling ephemera to this project that would be great! My email is jenx1967 [at] gmail [dot] com. I am also interested in purchasing high-quality vintage images if you have some you’re interested in selling.
I have loved baton twirling ever since I was a little girl. This past weekend, my youngest daughter competed in the Oklahoma State Baton Twirling Championship and Miss Majorette of Oklahoma. She won her twirling pageant along with State Solo, State X-Strut, and State Basic Strut in her age and division. I am so proud of her. She has been twirling since September 2015 and has worked very hard.
My two-year-old granddaughter also competed in the competition. She’s too young to twirl, but she entered Best Costume and won. When we gave her the trophy she wanted to give it back. LOL.
Baton twirling is an incredibly difficult sport with a rich history. We have already lost our country’s first generation of twirlers, the Greatest Generation of majorettes who marched in bands and twirled on fields in the 1930s. I want to honor their contributions along with those of succeeding generations, including Generation X. I hope you enjoy the occasional pictures and ephemera I share.
Where Have All The Twirlers Gone?
In 2017, I wrote a post that featured information about the lost generation of baton twirlers, Generation X. The decline of baton twirling had to do with the loss of family as spectators as well as the impact of Title IX on Generation X girls and women. If you’re curious as to why twirlers have faded from bands and halftime shows, you might enjoy read that post, which you can find here: https://www.jenx67.com/2017/05/world-baton-twirling-day-and-a-new-generation-of-twirlers.html