By  on September 28, 2010

Who needs test scores? On June 7, 1942, WWD reported on how ankle socks were the barometer of scholastic ability for students at the West Virginia Business College in Clarksburg, W. Va. Those who wore them were lacking and those who didn’t were the equivalent of the whiz kids. The paper explained the argument thusly: T. B. Cain, the school’s president, had “issued an ultimatum which banned the wearing of ankle socks...for women students who have advanced as far as 90 words, or more, dictation per minute. For women students below the ‘ankle line,’ no restrictions were announced.” The ankle-baring cropped socks, the reporter added, “didn’t help the job-finding cause, according to the school administration.” No word on whether the slow typists were crafty enough to ditch their anklets.

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