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THE GREAT HULA-HOOPLA

Aug. 04, 1958
Aug. 04, 1958

Table of Contents
Aug. 4, 1958

U.S.-Russia Track
Global Gamble
Wonderful World Of Sport
Nantucket
Boxing
Nature
Horse Racing
Acknowledgments
Golf
Baseball
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
Pat On The Back

THE GREAT HULA-HOOPLA

Satellites swirl around practically every torso in southern California these days as the latest gadget to take the nation by storm sweeps into orbit.

This is an article from the Aug. 4, 1958 issue Original Layout

Known officially as the Hula-Hoop and perpetrated by the same enterprising outfit that filled the skies with flying Frisbees a year or two ago, the new craze, which is already marching eastward, combines the staid virtues of an old Victorian toy with the uninhibited abandon of a native belly dance—and all in the cause of keeping fit.

At West Coast cocktail parties and church socials, on beaches and in backyards, the hoops are flying in graceful swoops around waists that may measure anywhere from 14 to 64 inches as tots and teen-agers, matrons and magnates all seek to get into the swing.

At $1.98 per, the plastic hoops, according to local storekeepers, are already outselling even Marilyn Monroe calendars at their peak. The supply is still hopelessly below the demand, although you can get one for 98¢ with the purchase of 10 gallons of gas at some service stations.

Girls, they say, make better hoopsters than boys. We're no experts, of course, but with these pictures as guides, we'd say the girls are doing fine. Hoops, anyone?

PHOTOFRANCIE TRIES A SKIP-ROPE VARIATIONTHREE PHOTOSSUPPLE 7-YEAR-OLD FRANCIE WILSON DEMONSTRATES A TRICKY ADVANCED TECHNIQUE BY STARTING HOOP AROUND NECK AND PERMITTING IT TO SPIRAL GRADUALLY DOWN TOWARD ANKLESPHOTOVACATIONING PARENTS AND THEIR CHILDREN FROM LOS ANGELES FIND CATALINA ISLAND A PERFECT SPOT TO RELAX IN RURAL PEACE AND QUIET INTERRUPTED ONLY BY THE SWOOSH OF WHIRLING HULA-HOOPS