“My grandmother, Mary Svetich Rozman, was 16 years old when she was Queen of the May at the May Day parade in Calumet, Michigan in 1917,” writes Cathy Rozman from Plymouth. “The trick to this float is that she’s standing on a car underneath the giant skirt! Afterward, her family liked to tease her with the nickname ‘Queenie.’”
The May Day celebration pictured (at right) happened in Aetnaville, Ohio, recalls Mildred Martin of Monett, Missouri. The tulip-horned phonograph provided music as the children wrapped colorful streamers around the Maypole. Mildred’s sister was present (second girl standing from the right).